Dr. Joachim Pissarro has confirmed the authenticity of this watercolor.
In the last decades of his life, Pissarro took an interest in traveling from the rural French countryside to larger towns and cities, observing the effects of modernity and the changing urban landscape. He spent significant time in Rouen during three different visits. His first visit was in 1883 and he returned twice thirteen years later. This watercolor of Place de la République was made on Pissarro's first trip to Rouen. According to Joachim Pissarro, "Fascinated by Rouen's historic architecture and its active port, and the all-important role of the Seine's waters in the life and light of the city, Pissarro went so far to exclaim that Rouen 'is as beautiful as Venice...there are marvels wherever I look!'" (quoted in R.W. Shikes and P. Harper, Pissarro: His Life and Work, New York, 1980, p. 295)."