Autumn morning at Eragny (1897) by Camille Pissarro

Autumn morning at Eragny - Camille Pissarro - 1897

Artwork Information

TitleAutumn morning at Eragny
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions65 x 54 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia

About Autumn morning at Eragny

“Autumn morning at Eragny” is an artwork by Camille Pissarro, an artist renowned for his integral role in the development of the Impressionism movement. Created in 1897, this exquisite piece is executed in oil on canvas, measuring 65 by 54 centimeters. True to its genre, this landscape painting captures the essence of a serene autumn morning. This artwork presently resides within the prestigious collection of the Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia, allowing visitors to experience firsthand Pissarro’s mastery over landscape paintings.

The artwork depicts a panoramic view of a rural landscape bathed in the soft light of an autumn morning. The setting is presumably in the village of Eragny, where Pissarro spent much of his later life. A variety of trees dominate the foreground, their leaves tinged with hues of yellow and orange, suggesting the seasonal transition. The central feature of the painting is a large tree, whose spreading branches occupy a substantial portion of the composition. Below, shrubberies and smaller trees fill the scene, hinting at the vitality of the natural environment.

In the middle ground, one observes an open field edged by a fence and a hint of a path leading into the distant horizon. The sense of depth is further enhanced by the presence of figures in the field, giving scale and life to the scene. In the background, the gentle slopes are adorned with the rural architecture that softly recedes into the hazy blue sky.

Pissarro’s technique is characterized by loose, expressive brushstrokes, a hallmark of the Impressionist style that sought to capture the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere. The palette is rich yet muted, embodying the warmth of the season while also conveying a tranquil, almost nostalgic mood. The harmony of colors and the delicate interplay between light and shadow create a vivid portrayal of the calm and beauty of a countryside awakening to the day. Through “Autumn morning at Eragny,” Camille Pissarro delivers a timeless, enchanting vision of nature, underscoring his profound affection for the rural landscapes that continuously inspired his art.

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