Art Sunday #156: Camille Pissarro – The Boulevard Montmartre at Night


The Boulevard Montmartre at Night

Camille Pissarro (French: [kamij pisaʁo]; 10 July 1830 – 13 November 1903) was a Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter born on the island of St Thomas (now in the US Virgin Islands, but then in the Danish West Indies). His importance resides in his contributions to both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Pissarro studied from great forerunners, including Gustave Courbet and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. He later studied and worked alongside Georges Seurat and Paul Signac when he took on the Neo-Impressionist style at the age of 54.

In 1873 he helped establish a collective society of fifteen aspiring artists, becoming the “pivotal” figure in holding the group together and encouraging the other members. Art historian John Rewald called Pissarro the “dean of the Impressionist painters”, not only because he was the oldest of the group, but also “by virtue of his wisdom and his balanced, kind, and warmhearted personality”. Cézanne said “he was a father for me. A man to consult and a little like the good Lord,” and he was also one of Gauguin’s masters. Renoir referred to his work as “revolutionary”, through his artistic portrayals of the “common man”, as Pissarro insisted on painting individuals in natural settings without “artifice or grandeur”.

Pissarro is the only artist to have shown his work at all eight Paris Impressionist exhibitions, from 1874 to 1886. He “acted as a father figure not only to the Impressionists” but to all four of the major Post-Impressionists, including Georges Seurat, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.

Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camille_Pissarro

28 responses to “Art Sunday #156: Camille Pissarro – The Boulevard Montmartre at Night

  1. Camille must have painted this artsy-fartsy street scene after the Walgreens, CVS, Big Lots, Target and Walmart stores turned off their lights and closed for the night.🗼🌃🎨💤💤 that’s why it’s called “Impressionism.”👍
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      • LOL! Back in the olden days, before corporations ran the world, businesses had to close before dark and on Sundays or Napoleon would take the CEOs out and shoot them. Marie Antoinette would feed them cake and then chop off their heads. In the old timey days it was important for businesses to close so that everyone could go out to the Can-Can and the Bistro and get drunk so they could forget about all the CEO’s being shot and having their heads chopped off. Eventually the CEOs of multinational corporations took over the world and chopped off Marie Antoinette’s head and showed Napoleon his Waterloo and dropped him off at Elba… that’s why they were called the “good old days.”👍👍🙈
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      • yep, the good ol’ days when ladies would dance on stage and wiggle their legs about and then bend over and show you their frilly backsides. yep, that was called “erotic” back in that day. now politicians bend over on stage and expect you to kiss their backsides. I’m all for being allowed to conceal carry slingshots and rocks when those shows happen.

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      • Buffalo Tom says that I don’t need any kind of license for my flamethrowers because they’re in the same category as cigarette lighters!🙈🔥
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      • No, no, no. they’re fire starters for fire pits. A couple old tires from the old tire pit will suffice if’n you don’t have an official fire pit. make do with what you have but stay up wind if you use substitutes.

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      • LOL! A lot of people have fire pits down here which keeps the fire department busy putting out the fires before they spread to the house…♨🔥♨🔥
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      • Hahahahaha! The trailer dwellers usually don’t have landscaped yards but I believe many of them simply refer to the entire trailer as a fire pit because of all the illegal power jumpers attached to power poles and other trailers.. Most of them also insist that you refer to them as “manufactured homes.” all of this makes for very complicated relationships. I should probably start up a series on our blog with all the stories we know about trailer people around here. Did you know that a trailer park can have 100 trailers in it and there will only be one cable subscriber… and yet… everybody gets cable?👍🙈👍
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      • “illegal” is such a harsh word. I think “improper” is a mucher nicerer word to use and it conveys a more cavalier attitude that better describe trailer dwellers.

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      • Oh don’t worry, most of them refer to themselves as trailer park trash and are proud of it in this topsy-turvy Trump world we live in. Some of the people who live in trailers and are ashamed of it say things like, “I woke up one morning with a hangover only to find out that I bought a trailer the night before and couldn’t remember a thing and now they won’t take it back and give me a refund so now we’re stuck here!” #MAGA😐
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      • I need me one of those MAGA bumper stickers for this lil shed my cousin has at his fishin’ cabin down on the river back home. Ok, it’s probably not a shed but it is little. OK, OK it’s an outhouse and not a shed.

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