Title: The Jetty at Le Havre, High Tide, Morning Sun
Creator: Camille Pissarro
Location: Le Havre, France
Physical Dimensions: 22 1/2 x 25 5/8 inches
Description: By the turn of the twentieth century, aging Impressionist Camille Pissarro had finally attained the respect for his paintings that had eluded him most of his life. In 1892, the famous Parisian gallery Durand-Ruel held a large retrospective of the radical artist’s entire career, which helped him attain a sense of financial stability for the first time in his life. Finally content with both his success and his style of painting, Pissarro continued painting furiously until his death in 1903, often working on several canvases at the same time.
Painted just before his death, The Jetty at Le Havre, High Tide, Morning Sun shows the artist’s later techniques of freer brushwork, more harmonized colors, and painting from an upper-story window. Also late in his career, Pissarro adopted the practice of painting a scene at different times of day, a technique that his friend Claude Monet had already embraced. In this busy harbor view, fishermen and fashionably-dressed women intermingle as they walk about the wharf of one of France’s most important port cities.