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Maker(s):Pissarro, Camille
Culture:French (1830 - 1903)
Title:Old Chelsea Bridge, London
Date Made:1890
Materials:oil on canvas
Place Made:United Kingdom; England; London
Measurements:23 1/2 x 28 in.; 59.69 x 71.12 cm
Narrative Inscription:  signed and dated at lower left: Pissarro 1890
Accession Number:  SC 2002.22
Credit Line:Gift of Hope Aldrich Rockefeller, class of 1959
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

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This colorful canvas depicts a suspension bridge that formerly connected Chelsea with Battersea Park in West London. Camille Pissarro was considered the patriarch of Impressionism and acted as a mentor to other artists, including Paul Gauguin and Paul Cézanne. When the Impressionist circle began to dissolve, Pissarro joined younger artists Georges Seurat and Paul Signac in their experiments with the “pointillist” painting techniques of Neo-Impressionism. Pissarro’s version of Pointillism (a term used by critics to describe the painting technique, which they compared to tapestry stitches) made use of active swarms of small brushstrokes rather than Seurat’s more regularized dots and dashes of color. His discomfort with Neo-Impressionism, as well as his lack of monetary success with it, led Pissarro to return to an Impressionist style.

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