Autumn, Morning Mist, Éragny-sur-Epte (1902) by Camille Pissarro

Autumn, Morning Mist, Éragny-sur-Epte - Camille Pissarro - 1902

Artwork Information

TitleAutumn, Morning Mist, Éragny-sur-Epte
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions46 x 55 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationAshmolean Museum, Oxford, UK

About Autumn, Morning Mist, Éragny-sur-Epte

“Autumn, Morning Mist, Éragny-sur-Epte” is an evocative work by the artist Camille Pissarro, created in 1902. This oil on canvas belongs to the Impressionist movement, renowned for its emphasis on depicting light in its changing qualities and the beauty of the natural world. Measuring 46 x 55 cm, the artwork illustrates a landscape scene and is housed in the Ashmolean Museum located in Oxford, UK.

The artwork portrays a tranquil rural landscape bathed in the soft, diffuse light of the morning mist. The composition is centered on the verdant spread of the countryside at Éragny-sur-Epte, featuring an array of trees and shrubs with their leaves bearing the colors of autumn. Pissarro has masterfully captured the atmosphere of a misty morning, with the background fading into a haze, creating a sense of depth and vastness. The overall palette is muted yet variegated, encompassing gentle tones of greens, browns, and yellows, reflecting the seasonal transition.

In the foreground, one can discern the delicate details of foliage and the grassy land, with hints of paths or openings through the vegetation. Two figures appear to be engaging with the landscape, possibly tending to the land or simply enjoying the fresh air, their forms merging with the surrounding nature due to the impressionistic brushwork. The trees are rendered with sinuous, gestural lines that convey their organic forms and the play of light and shadow upon their branches and leaves.

The vast sky, an expanse of soft blues, whites, and subtle yellows, dominates the upper portion of the canvas, encapsulating the ephemeral quality of the moment captured by Pissarro. It complements the earth tones below and invites the viewer’s eye to travel through the scene, experiencing the serene and ephemeral quality of an autumn morning shrouded in mist. The painting exudes a sense of peace and the simple beauty of nature, characteristics often celebrated in the works of the Impressionist era.

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