Rue de l'Épicerie, Rouen (Effect of Sunlight)

1898 Camille Pissarro Rue de l'Épicerie, Rouen (Effect of Sunlight)
By the time of Pissarro’s fourth visit to Rouen in 1898, he was "already familiar with the motifs there." The artist depicted many of the same cityscapes that he had tackled previously, but also scouted out new scenes, such as this one. On August 19, he wrote to his son Lucien: "Yesterday I found an excellent place from which I can paint the rue de l'Épicerie and even the market, a really interesting one, which takes place every Friday." Pissarro painted the view three times, but the Metropolitan's picture is the only one that shows the market in progress.
Format original : 32 x 25 5/8 in. (81.3 x 65.1 cm) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art