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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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In 1896, Camille Pissarro released one of the most incredible artworks named Pont Boieldieu in Rouen, Rainy Weather. Camille had visited Rouen in 1883 and painted images of the city.

In 1896, he went back for another trip and stayed in a hotel called the Hôtel de Paris. He was in the hotel from January to Aril. He loved the view of the city that he got from his hotel room. His room gave a clear view of the Seine. This means that the painting was drawn from the window.

The painting is beautiful, and it depicts an iron bridge which was completed in 1885. Seine river is clear in the picture, and it makes the most of the front side. Across Seine river is the Gare d'Orléans train station and the Place Carnot square. The river is busy as boats are moving around. Smoke is seen coming from the boatswhich shows why are in operation. People are moving on with their daily activities on the shores of the Seine. Many buildings are seen on the end side of the drawing. This shows how Rouen is a busy city with many buildings and people.

This painting was the first modern drawing that he made. Most of his works showed the traditional side of the country. Therefore, it was a challenge for him, but he did his best, and the result was amazing. Pissarro appreciated the industrial side of the city, as he did other paintings of the city in different weather and light conditions. Pont Boieldieu in Rouen, Rainy Weather is of the impressionism style. He had spent ten years focusing on the Post-Impressionism and Pointalism before painting Pont Boieldieu in Rouen, Rainy Weather.

The dimensions of the paintings are 73.6 cm × 91.4 cm (29.0 in × 36.0 in). The medium used for the painting is oil on canvas. Gustave Courbet and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot inspired Pissaro. Also, he liked the work of Georges Seurat and Paul Signac who he later worked with on the impressionism style. As an upcoming artist, Pissarro drew everything which including village scenes, landscapes, and sketches, among others. He appreciated French art.

In his older age, Pissarro had an eye infection which forced him to draw only during warm weather. For this reason, he opted to be doing outdoor scenes while sitting inside hotels at the window. Thus, this is how Pont Boieldieu in Rouen, Rainy Weather came to reality. The art industry appreciated every bit of Pont Boieldieu in Rouen, Rainy Weather. Pissarro inspired many artists who started valuing modern scenes. He also taught artist about the importance of finding a good view. Thus, the industry changed when artists decided to be drawing from high views such as hotels or roofs. Pissarro wanted to build a legacy in the art industry, and it is seen in this painting. Pont Boieldieu in Rouen, Rainy Weather is found at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.