About this artwork

From 1863 to 1865 Pissarro rented properties at La Varenne-Saint-Maur which is situated to the south-east of Paris on the River Marne, opposite Chennevières. At this point the river flows in a great loop beyond the Bois de Vincennes before it joins the River Seine. This highly finished study is loosely related to the right foreground area of the National Gallery of Scotland’s ‘The Marne at Chennevières’, which Pissarro exhibited at the 1865 Paris Salon. Given the high degree of finish of this drawing, and the Corot-like figure group in mid-distance, is likely that this was actually a fully independent composition rather than a preparatory study for the painting.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Figures at the Banks of the Marne, near Chennevières
  • date created:
    About 1863 - 1864
  • materials:
    Charcoal heightened with white chalk on grey paper
  • measurements:
    31.00 x 49.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 2008
  • accession number:
    D 5621
  • gallery:
    View by Appointment
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Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro