Chrysanthemums In a Chinese Vase (1873) by Camille Pissarro

Chrysanthemums In a Chinese Vase - Camille Pissarro - 1873

Artwork Information

TitleChrysanthemums In a Chinese Vase
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions50 x 61 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Chrysanthemums In a Chinese Vase

“Chrysanthemums in a Chinese Vase” is an oil on canvas flower painting by Camille Pissarro, created in 1873. Measuring 50 by 61 centimeters, this work is a product of the Impressionism movement and currently resides within a private collection. The artwork encapsulates the essence of Impressionism with its light brushstrokes and vivid portrayal of natural light and color.

The artwork features a vibrant array of chrysanthemums overflowing from an ornately decorated Chinese vase, indicative of the influence of exotic cultures during the period. The flowers burst with a mix of whites, pinks, yellows, and reds, set against a muted background that accentuates their vivid colors. Pissarro’s technique captures the play of natural light on the petals, a hallmark of the impressionistic style, which aimed to reflect the artist’s immediate visual experience.

The vase sits on a dark wooden surface, contrasted by the bright blooms, and next to it, adding to the composition’s balance, are two books with red and green bindings. These mundane objects juxtaposed with the exotic vase and lively flowers present a harmonious blend of domestic and foreign elements. Pissarro’s use of quick, visible brushstrokes imbues the scene with a sense of energy and spontaneity, inviting viewers to appreciate the beauty of the flowers as if catching a fleeting glimpse of them.

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