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Paintings by Camille Pissarro


The Crystal Palace by Camille Pissarro
The Crystal Palace by Camille Pissarro (oil on canvas, 18-5/8x Institute of Chicago.
The Crystal Palace by Camille Pissarro (oil on canvas, 18-5/8x Institute of Chicago.

Camille Pissarro painted The Crystal Palace in 1871, during the Franco-Prussian War and the subsequent uprising of the Paris Commune, when Claude Monet and Pissarro took refuge in London. Pissarro painted more than a dozen pictures during his residence, focusing on the modern-life scenes that the civil disturbance at home would have made impossible. In The Crystal Palace, Camille Pissarro painted the famous exhibition building -- all made of glass -- in translucent shades of gray that emphasize the tonal subtlety of the low-lying clouds in the sky.

Camille Pissarro was known for his plein air painting. Next, we'll look at a good example of this style.

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