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

Rue Saint-Honoré, Effect of Rain

Oil on canvas, 81 x 65 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

In 1893, Pissarro began a series of urban views of Paris under different conditions - morning sun, mist and rain - as seen from his hotel room. In these paintings Pissarro explores the chromatic and volumetric variations which light and weather produce on objects and atmosphere. The artist uses a uniform light which is typical of his work, and envelops the scene in a silvery tonality appropriate to a moderately cloudy day. The streets are wet with rain and the air is filled with dampness.