This painting, shown at the Paris Salon of 1897, depicts the river that, channeled into a canal, flows through Moret-sur-Loing, the town near Fontainebleau, France, where Picknell and his wife settled in 1890. Among the artist’s last works, it displays the firm draftsmanship, clear articulation of form, and brilliant color effects that had won him critical recognition. Within a composition based on precise perspective, Picknell applied impressionistic touches of pigment. Canvases such as this one define his stylistic position between the academicians with whom he had studied and the French Impressionists.
Signature: [at lower right]: W.L. Picknell
the artist, died 1897; his wife, Gertrude (later Mrs. Flagg), Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1897–died 1905; Estate of Gertrude Flagg, 1905–1906