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The Marne at Chennevières About 1864 - 1865

Not on display

Strong blues, greens and whites dominate this wide riverscape with its expanse of sky and water interrupted by sloping banks. Pissarro rented a house in La Varenne-Saint-Hilaire, a village to the south-east of Paris, hinted at here on the left bank of the Marne. Chennevières' church and houses are just visible at the top of the right bank. Paintings by Daubigny and Corot inspired Pissarro's carefully structured composition and Courbet's work influenced his extensive use of a palette knife. The small factory buildings and ferry boat add a contemporary note. The painting was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1865.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Palette knife

A small tool used for mixing and applying paint.

Paris Salon

The Paris Salon was the official exhibiting space of the French Academy. Established in 1673 it moved to the Salon d'Apollon at the Louvre in 1725, when it became known as the ‘Salon de Paris’. In 1737 the annual exhibitions were made public and artists were invited to submit their work before a jury. Exhibiting at the Salon and receiving official recognition were vital for an artist's career. In the late 19th century artists became disillusioned with the jury system and its influence declined as a number of independent exhibiting societies were established. The government withdraw its official support in 1881.

Composition, Palette knife, Paris Salon


  • Acc. No. NG 2098
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 91.50 x 145.50 cm (framed: 121.80 x 176.60 x 15.70 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1947