This paper compares the impressionist artist, Camille Pissarro's late paintings in Paris to the fashionable figure of the flaneur, a persona who observes people, fashion, and activity on the streets of Paris. Pissarro represents a modern flaneur, by painting the streets and views of Paris, from a height. In seven series of Paris, is able to portray the city at its fullness. This paper examines two series in Paris, one of the Bouelvard Montmartre and the other of the Tuleries gardens. Each represents a portion of the city; Pissarro paints the changing activity, and conditions on the elongated boulevards and he paints the serene escape from hectic city life in the Tuileries gardens. Through these two series, Pissarro depicts a modern city in a modern style.


Siewert, John


Art and Art History


History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology | Theory and Criticism


impressionist, pissarr, paris, city, modern, flaneur, series

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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