Bathers (1896) by Camille Pissarro

Bathers - Camille Pissarro - 1896

Artwork Information

ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Bathers

The artwork titled “Bathers” was created by the Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro in the year 1896. It is an oil painting on canvas that belongs to the genre painting category within the art movement known as Impressionism. This piece is currently held in a private collection, not on public display.

The artwork depicts a serene outdoor scene characterized by three women near the edge of a body of water, surrounded by lush greenery indicative of a secluded spot in nature. The women appear to be engaging in the act of bathing or having just bathed, as one can infer from the natural, relaxed postures and their partial nudity. The central figure stands out, draped in a white cloth, her back turned to the viewer, which gives the scene an air of modesty and intimacy. The other two figures, placed closer to the water, one stepping gingerly into the creek, are both rendered with a sensibility of contemplation, the near figure glancing downward. The depiction of the water, with light reflecting off its surface, and the dappled sunlight filtering through the trees, creates a vivid and immersive atmosphere. Pissarro’s use of color and swift brushstrokes captures the fleeting effects of light, a hallmark of the Impressionist style, and imbues the scene with a sense of immediacy and the transient beauty of a peaceful, private moment in the natural world.

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