Bather in the Woods (1895) by Camille Pissarro

Bather in the Woods - Camille Pissarro - 1895

Artwork Information

TitleBather in the Woods
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions60.3 x 73 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art (Met), New York City, NY, US

About Bather in the Woods

The artwork titled “Bather in the Woods,” created by Camille Pissarro in 1895, is an oil on canvas representation that embodies the essence of the Impressionism art movement. Measuring 60.3 by 73 cm, this genre painting is currently held in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States.

The artwork captures the serene moments of an individual bathing in a secluded wooded area. The bather is depicted mid-action, delicately poised on the edge of a small stream or pond, and seems to be carefully stepping into or out of the water. The light appears to filter through the foliage, gentle highlights playing across the figure’s back, as well as reflecting off the surface of the water and surrounding greenery. The painter’s brushwork is loose and dynamic, a definitive characteristic of Impressionist painting, which aimed to capture the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere.

Foreground details, like the discarded garments upon the lush grass, contribute to the narrative, suggesting a private, transient moment within natural surroundings. Pissarro’s use of color and texture enhances the sense of tranquility and harmony between the figure and the landscape. Despite the distance in time, viewers can still resonate with the sensation of escape and connection to nature expressed within Pissarro’s work.

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