Rue Saint-Lazare, Paris, 1897. Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903). Lithograph; image: 21 x 14.2 cm (8 1/4 x 5 9/16 in.); paper: 32.5 x 24.8 cm (12 13/16 x 9 3/4 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art, John L. Severance Fund 1987.80
Pissarro first worked in lithography in 1874 but, after a dozen attempts, abandoned the medium until 1894. Then, within the space of a few years, he executed about 50 examples. These lithographs record a variety of subjects, including scenes of Rouen and Paris. The artist's bold, quickly drawn lines capture the energy and bustle of these cities.