Cowherd at Eragny (1884) by Camille Pissarro

Cowherd at Eragny - Camille Pissarro - 1884

Artwork Information

TitleCowherd at Eragny
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

About Cowherd at Eragny

The artwork “Cowherd at Eragny” is an oil on canvas painting created in 1884 by the artist Camille Pissarro, a key figure in the Impressionist movement. The genre painting exemplifies the characteristics of Impressionism, offering a snapshot of rural life. This piece is part of the collection at the Museum of Modern Art in Saitama, Japan. Through the use of vibrant, loose brushstrokes and attention to natural light, Pissarro’s work captures the bucolic essence of the French countryside.

In the artwork, the viewer observes a pastoral scene at dusk, with the last rays of sunlight casting a warm glow over the landscape. A cowherd stands prominently in the foreground, guiding a small herd of cows across the verdant pasture. The subtle interplay of light and shadow creates a harmonious contrast across the composition, highlighting the natural contours of the land. The sky is adorned with hues of pink and purple, indicating the setting sun, while the dense treeline in the background marks the boundary of the pasture. The Impressionist technique imbues the scene with a sense of immediacy and fleeting beauty, characteristic of the movement’s desire to capture the ephemeral qualities of light and atmosphere.

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