To achieve a consistent viewpoint in the face of unpredictable British weather, Pissarro rented an apartment in Kew. This painting shows the benefit of this decision, as this scene takes place in the rain. Despite this, the palette remains light, and there is an overall feeling of green and brightness. The horse-drawn carriage and passers- by give the semi-rural landscape a feeling of modernity, and the church of the title can be seen in the background, partially obscured by trees.
Saint Anne’s Church in Kew, London
Date of work
Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) was a Danish-French Impressionist painter, and later mentor of Cézanne and Gauguin. He moved to London briefly during the Franco- Prussian war, and returned to visit several times in the 1890s. A pivotal figure in the Impressionist movement, Pissarro was the only artist to have shown his work at all eight Paris Impressionist exhibitions, from 1874 to 1886.