Road to Marly
Camille Pissarro painted this tranquil scene soon after joining his friends and fellow Impressionists Monet, Renoir, and Sisley in the countryside northwest of Paris, where they had recently settled. As a group, the artists combined inspiration from past generations with their own innovative ideas to create a style characterized by bold, broken brushwork and shimmering color. With unprecedented freshness, Pissarro captured the atmosphere of a lazy, rural afternoon. The trees’ leafless branches suggest winter or early spring.