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Sunset, the Port of Rouen (Steamboats)

PISSARRO, Camille (1831 - 1903)

[image: Sunset, the Port of Rouen (Steamboats)]

Date: 1898

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 65.0 x 81.1 cm

Acquired: 1963; Bequest; Margaret Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 2492

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

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In 1884 Pissarro moved to Eragny, east of Rouen. This composition was inspired by the harbour scenes of Claude and Turner in the National Gallery. Painted from an upstairs window of the Hôtel de l'Angleterre, this sunset view of the Seine at Rouen depicts shipping and harbour buildings through industrial smoke. Pissarro claimed that such river views were 'as beautiful as Venice.' Margaret Davies knew Rouen well, having worked there during the First World War. She purchased this view in 1920.

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mellow sward on 3 February 2014, 17:12

Thanks for this short paragraph on Pissaro's painting. Just enough to make me look forward to my visit to your gallery.

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