• Impressionist/Modern Works on  auction at Christies

    Sale 2312

    Impressionist/Modern Works on Paper Featuring Property from the Collection of Mrs Sidney F. Brody

    5 May 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 215

    Camille Pissarro (1830-1903)

    Rouen sous la pluie

    Price Realised  


    Camille Pissarro (1830-1903)
    Rouen sous la pluie
    signed and inscribed 'C. Pissarro Rouen' (lower right)
    watercolor and charcoal on paper laid down on paper
    9 x 11½ in. (22.9 x 29.2 cm.)
    Executed in 1883

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    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)."


    Brook Street Gallery, London.
    Art Collection Trust, Basel (acquired from the above).
    Wada Galllery, Tokyo.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.


    Japan, Hokkaido Hakodate Museum of Art, Renoir et les impressionistes, September-November 1986, no. 12 (illustrated in color).