(b. 1830, St Thomas, Virgin Islands, d. 1903, Paris)

Boulevard Montmartre on a Cloudy Morning

Oil on canvas, 73 x 92 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Pissarro's health obliged him to paint less in the open, where it was windy, and more indoors, from the window. In Paris (1893, 1897-98, 1902), Rouen) (1896 and 1898), Dieppe (1901) and Le Havre (1903) he rented rooms from which he enjoyed dynamic perspectives of squares and boulevards, the city and the river, or harbour and bridges. He painted variations and repeated views in order to capture various atmospheric moods and also to have something to offer to as many buyers as possible.