Pissarro has perhaps been more highly esteemed as a teacher and promoter of cultural events than as a painter. Yet his rendering of the landscape is a "manual" of painting on plein air and the Impressionist fascination with light.
Views of Paris were no doubt the subject that Pissarro found most congenial. The titles give us the locations, the time of the day and the weather conditions: the painter was fond of precision, seeking a balance between freedom of expression and fidelity to the scene.
Opposed to experimentation (apart from a brief dabble in Pointillism), the traditional Pissarro became an important point of reference for younger artists. The rural scene of sixties gradually gave way to urban views, culminating in his large pictures of boulevards, painted after his return to Paris in the last decade of the century.