The famous impressionist painter collector Romanian George Debary spent 210 francs buying Monet Sunrise Impression in 1878. Pissarro's The Boulevards Under Snow also belongs to his private collection. George Debary was a homeopathic doctor and had collected dozens of Pissarro's works. Both Pissarro and his friend Doctor Gachet were interested in the homeopathic therapy. In 1873, he settled in Pontoise and still often went back to Paris for painting. Thus he made a lot of friends, among of which Debary was his main cooperator in print. In 1878, Pissarro rented a temporary place in Montmartre which was not far from the snow place made in this painting. |
The roof on the upper left of the painting was Roland Middle School, which is now the Jacques High School located between Laughl in Avenue and Finery Boulevard. Camille Pissarro often painted in the north of the city Paris. The boulevard outside the city in this landscapes painting did not match the actual situation, because the whole city area had been expanded to today's scale since 1860. In addition, before this period of 1890-1900, similar subject matters were very rare in Pissarro's works. At that time, he liked to walk in downtown road and showed special preference to lustrous and dazzling street. He did not deliberately highlight the space in this painting, but tried to converge rows of lines on the roadside in the distance to enhance the perspective effect.
This was one of his 6 snow paintings made in 1879. Pissarro was keener the white atmosphere, blue projection and ambiguous scene than all other impressionist painters. The sky was floating large snowflakes, surrounded by a quiet, pedestrian and carriage with great care to walk in the thick snow. The whole painting was full of vigor. This was frequently used by artists. The vast expanse of whiteness was dotted with these shades of gray, like a movement in several musical notes. The front figures were based on children's painting style and showed some humorous style of Fauvism, especially as Fauvism De Long described in London and Collioure Street. It was no doubt that panic Paris people became the target of many painters'goodwill.
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