Apple Gatherers (1891) by Camille Pissarro

Apple Gatherers - Camille Pissarro - 1891

Artwork Information

TitleApple Gatherers
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions26 x 21.6 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Apple Gatherers

The artwork titled “Apple Gatherers” was created by Camille Pissarro in the year 1891. This piece belongs to the Impressionism movement and is categorized as a genre painting. The dimensions of the artwork are 26 by 21.6 centimeters. Currently, it is held in a private collection.

In the artwork, we observe two figures engaged in the act of picking apples. The setting appears to be a serene orchard bathed in sunlight, painted with the distinctive loose brushstrokes characteristic of Impressionist technique. The figure in the foreground stands upright, seemingly adjusting her hat with both hands, while the attire, a long skirt and a blouse with rolled-up sleeves, suggests rural, workaday clothing. Dappled light filters through the leaves of the tree, falling onto the figures and the ground, enriching the scene with a sense of vivacity and natural movement.

The second figure is bent over, reaching towards a basket that already contains a small harvest of apples. The pose indicates the person is in the midst of collecting fruit. The orchard around them bears ample fruit, represented by bright red spots amongst the foliage, indicating a bountiful yield. Pissarro’s use of color and light in this painting not only underscores the impression of a warm, lush environment but also serves to capture a candid moment of everyday life. The brushwork imbues the composition with texture, making the scene almost tangible.

“Apple Gatherers” exudes Pissarro’s fascination with rural labor and his mastery in portraying the simple beauty of everyday moments. It reflects his commitment to depicting the life and work of common people, while also espousing the techniques and sensibilities of the Impressionist style.

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