Apple-Picking (1886) by Camille Pissarro

Apple-Picking - Camille Pissarro - 1886

Artwork Information

ArtistCamille Pissarro
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions128 x 128 cm
Art MovementNeo-Impressionism
Current LocationOhara Museum of Art, Kurashiki, Japan

About Apple-Picking

The artwork titled “Apple-Picking” is a notable creation of the artist Camille Pissarro, completed in the year 1886. This oil on canvas reflects the Neo-Impressionist movement, a genre of painting that captures everyday life with a keen sensitivity to light and color. Measuring 128 x 128 cm, this genre painting can be found in the Ohara Museum of Art, located in Kurashiki, Japan.

The artwork depicts a serene, bucolic scene of rural labor, specifically the act of harvesting apples. In the painting, we observe three figures engaged in the task of apple picking amidst a lush environment that teems with verdant foliage and ripe red apples. The central figure stands upright, reaching towards the higher branches of a slender tree, her attention fixed on the fruit above. To the right, another individual is bent forward, concentrating on collecting apples into a filled basket, suggesting the heaviness and abundance of the harvest. On the left, seated on the ground, a figure cradles an apple in her hand, momentarily pausing, perhaps to savor the fruit or to rest from the exertion.

Pissarro’s adept use of dappled light and color variations captures the vibrancy and transient qualities of outdoor light, which is characteristic of the Neo-Impressionist movement. The scene is imbued with a sense of calm and the painterly technique endows the artwork with a textured, almost tactile quality that invites the viewer to engage intimately with the moment portrayed. The artwork’s harmonious composition and the meditative quality of the depicted figures evoke the timeless and universal rhythm of nature and human activity within it.

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