Antiques Corner by Patrick Van de Vorst

A harbour scene painting of Rouen, believed to be executed by the great painter Camille Pissarro (French, 1831-1903).
A harbour scene painting of Rouen, believed to be executed by the great painter Camille Pissarro (French, 1831-1903).

THIS week we value a harbour scene painting of Rouen that is believed to be executed by the great painter Camille Pissarro (French, 1831-1903).

Pissarro lived and worked in Rouen in 1896 and painted many similar harbour scenes.

This depiction has been painted in earthy tones, in a sketchy manner that recalls the Impressionist movement, which Pissarro figure-headed.

Encased in a gilt frame, the painting is signed in the lower righthand corner, and dated ‘96’, indicating this piece was realised towards the end of his life.

Pissarro was the only artist to show his work in all eight Impressionist group exhibitions at the time and throughout his career he remained dedicated to the idea of such alternative forums of exhibition.

Such status makes Pissarro highly collectible, as well as very valuable.

With any artist of such historical significance there are always fakes, however, the signature in the lower righthand corner, and the date, suggest this example is an original.

Our specialists valued the painting at £80,000 to £120,000.

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