Antilian Landscape, St. Thomas (1856) by Camille Pissarro

Antilian Landscape, St. Thomas - Camille Pissarro - 1856

Artwork Information

TitleAntilian Landscape, St. Thomas
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Antilian Landscape, St. Thomas

“Antillean Landscape, St. Thomas” is a work by artist Camille Pissarro, created in 1856. The artwork is executed in oil on canvas and is a representation of the Realism movement, which focused on depicting subjects as they appear in everyday life without embellishment or artistic convention. Classified under the landscape genre, this piece conveys the serene environment of the Antillean region. Presently, the painting is held in a private collection.

The artwork features a tranquil and idyllic scene set in the lush landscapes of St. Thomas. One is immediately drawn to the soft, warm light bathing the entire scene, suggesting early morning or late afternoon. The composition is anchored by a large tree to the left, under which there are figures that appear to be going about their daily activities. In the middle ground, a figure on horseback accompanies two standing figures, providing a glimpse into the life and human presence in this verdant setting. Beyond these figures, the land opens up to reveal expansive fields that lead to a series of rolling hills and mountains in the background. A few slender palm trees punctuate the horizon, adding to the sense of a tropical locale. The atmosphere is imbued with a sense of calm, with the soft handling of the paint reflecting the peaceful quality of the rural landscape. The artist’s choice of subdued earth tones and his attention to naturalistic detail embody the ethos of the Realism movement, focusing on the beauty found in the real and the tangible.

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