Apple Picking at Eragny-sur-Epte (1888) by Camille Pissarro

Apple Picking at Eragny-sur-Epte - Camille Pissarro - 1888

Artwork Information

TitleApple Picking at Eragny-sur-Epte
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions73 x 60 cm
Art MovementPointillism,Neo-Impressionism
Current LocationDallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, US

About Apple Picking at Eragny-sur-Epte

“Apple Picking at Eragny-sur-Epte” is an artwork completed in 1888 by artist Camille Pissarro, created using the medium of oil on canvas. It is associated with the Pointillism and Neo-Impressionism movements and measures 73 x 60 cm. The genre of the painting is genre painting, and it currently resides in the Dallas Museum of Art, located in Dallas, TX, USA.

The artwork captures a pastoral scene of rural life, depicting figures engaged in the activity of harvesting apples. The focal point of the composition is a group of individuals in a sun-dappled orchard. One person is reaching high into the branches of an apple tree with a long stick, likely to knock down the fruit, while others are busily collecting the apples into baskets. Further back, a female figure stands watching the scene, with her hands raised near her face in a gesture that suggests a sense of contemplation or perhaps a pause from her own labor.

The style of the painting is characterized by a plethora of vibrant, individual dots of color, a hallmark of Pointillism—a technique pioneered by artists who sought to experiment with color theory and the viewer’s perceptual experience. The colors are intermingled to create a luminous effect, wherein the painting seems almost to shimmer with light and atmosphere. The dappled sunlight filters through the leaves of the trees, casting patterns on the ground and on the figures beneath, intensifying the feeling of a peaceful, bucolic moment caught in time.

Pissarro’s composition captures an everyday activity and elevates it through his technique, lending the scene a sense of timeless calm and enchanting the viewer with his meticulous approach to capturing light and shadow. Additionally, the work’s setting, Eragny-sur-Epte, adds a geographical anchor to the painting, situating it within the French countryside that so many of the Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painters delighted in portraying.

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