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Montmartre Boulevard. Spring morning

Painting, 1897, 65×81 cm

Description of the artwork «Montmartre Boulevard. Spring morning»

In the 1890s, the long-awaited recognition came to Camille Pissarro, his paintings are sold for tens of thousands of francs. An aging and visually impaired artist can finally afford to travel, enjoy a comfortable life and rent a hotel room right in Paris whenever he wants.

Pissarro writes Montmartre Boulevard in the afternoon, in the evening,at night, morning, in the rainIn winter, spring, summer - from a hotel room with three windows. Then he conducts the same experiments with other boulevards and city landscapes: Avenue de la Opera, Italien Boulevard, The Louvre, Saint Honore street and street Saint-Lazare. Pissarro has as many as 18 images of the Louvre in different weather during 1900 - 1901. Noisy, bright city squares and boulevards live and breathe, changing every second, like a person’s face.

But it’s Montmartre Boulevard. Spring Morning ”at Sotheby's in 2014 was sold for a record amount for Pissarro - 32 million dollars (19.9 million pounds). The twentieth century was not easy for this picture and it has acquired a history that is worth a lot.

Before World War II, the painting was part of a huge private collection of impressionists, which was collected by a German Jew, industrialist Max Zilberberg. In the late 30s, the collector's house was seized by SS soldiers, and his collection of paintings, including Montmartre Boulevard. Spring morning, "went under the hammer. Silberberg and his wife died in a concentration camp, and the canvas after some travels turned out to be in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. For several years it remained in the ownership of the museum, until in 2000 a fair return of the canvas to the heirs of Zilberberg took place. The new owner is no less fair, in gratitude to the museum for the exemplary preservation of the painting, allowed to leave it on display until his death. In 2013, the owner of Montmartre Boulevard died - and one of the most important paintings of impressionism got to Sotheby's auction.

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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Architecture, Urban landscape

Style of art: Impressionism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1897

Size: 65×81 cm

Artwork in selections: 62 selections