Camille Jacob Pissarro

Pissarro's greatest Impressionist period was from 1869 to 1880. In that time his style underwent several changes but his subject matter remained more or less constant. In the begining he would apply paint smoothly, sometimes breaking into small irregular patches, but slowly Pissarro began to paint thickly with larger brushstrokes and intermittent use of the palette knife, as in 'Winter in Pontoise'. After 1876 he adopted two styles which were almost interchangeable. Short curving brushstrokes interwined around the forms to enliven the surface of the picture; this style he used mainly when depicting more modernist subjects, such as factories on the banks of the Oise. In the broader landscapes he adopted a more granular style, overlaying colors to build up a heavy, distributed texture.

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