This painting was made by Camille Pissarro around 1870, although it is true that the impressionist artist immortalized this town on the outskirts of the French capital on countless occasions. And it is that somehow, this place where the family bought a house in 1866 served as a creative refuge for a few years in which his technique did not have much acceptance by critics, nor by the public. In fact, he was barely making ends meet on painting.
Road to Versailles by Pissarro
On the other hand, during those stays he was able to go on the typical outings to paint, something that characterized painters of this style. And they did it regardless of the atmospheric conditions that existed. In fact, reflecting those changes, those impressions was something that greatly appealed to them. Something that we can verify with this small canvas that Pissarro made forcibly on a cold winter day. Cold and snowy, but sunny as its descriptive title indicates, by which we even know thatLouveciennesis on the way to Versailles and its palace
The fact is that this location must have had a special charm for the impressionist painters, since many paintings by Pissarro have come from this place, but also other canvases and studies by Monet, Renoir or Alfred Sisley.
In thisIn this case, the chosen view is that of the path that leads to the Versailles palace. A road that we see in perspective, flanked by trees already without leaves and with the remains of snow piled up in the gutters. A house can be seen in the background, as well as a car driving away, and there are also a few locals standing and chatting, adding more life to this shot.
As usual in his production, whether from urban environments such as his series on Parisian boulevards or from more rustic landscapes, Pissarro is attracted to painting the moment, with the effects specific lighting of that moment, and here without a doubt he has been able to capture the cold atmosphere of winter in the north of Francia, but also the feeling of warmth provided by the sun's rays that warm the area and their peoples. And since it is about portraying that specific moment, with its colors, brightness, lights and shadows, you have to be very quick in painting it. Hence his famous nervous brushstroke, which not only vibrates, but is capable of giving shape to things and adding volume to each of the figures and elements.