The Art and Where to Find It
The Boulevard Montmartre at Night
Artist: Camille Pissarro
Location: Riverside car park, Corporation Street
An oil on canvas painting of one of the four grands boulevards of Paris by the Impressionist, painter Pissarro, created despite suffering from a recurring eye infection at the time. As a result of this disability, he began painting outdoor scenes during the later years of his life while sitting by the window of hotel rooms. In February 1897 he took a room in Paris at the Hotel de Russie and produced a series of paintings of the Boulevard Montmartre at different times of the day. This painting is the only night scene from this series, and is described by the National Gallery (where you can see the original) as a masterful rendition of the play of lights on dark and wet streets. Camille Pissarro, The Boulevard Montmartre at Night Copyright The National Gallery, London.