A Young Maid (1896) by Camille Pissarro

A Young Maid - Camille Pissarro - 1896

Artwork Information

TitleA Young Maid
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationWhitworth Art Gallery (University of Manchester), Manchester, UK

About A Young Maid

The artwork titled “A Young Maid” was created by the artist Camille Pissarro in the year 1896. Employing oil on canvas as the medium, this portrait is a representation of the Impressionism movement. The artwork can be found at the Whitworth Art Gallery, which is part of the University of Manchester, located in Manchester, UK.

“A Young Maid” is a portrait that captures a moment in the life of a domestic worker. She stands in an interior space, poised between two contrasting worlds: the dim, enclosed area behind her and a bright, windowed space ahead. The light filters in from the right, casting her figure partially in shadow while illuminating the side of her face and her right arm. The composition gives a sense of transience, as if the maid is caught in a moment of pause during her daily routine.

Pissarro’s brushwork is characterized by the loose, textured strokes typical of the Impressionist style, giving a sense of immediacy and liveliness to the scene. The color palette is subdued, with earthy tones predominating, punctuated by the greens in her blouse and the warm hues of the sunlit exterior. The young maid’s expression is calm and contemplative, and her posture suggests a quiet dignity. Her gaze does not meet the viewer’s directly, which may imply introspection or a moment of distraction. The artwork as a whole evokes a narrative that is open to interpretation, reflecting the artist’s interest in the everyday lives of ordinary people.

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