Elderly Woman Mending Old Clothes, Moret (1902) by Camille Pissarro

Elderly Woman Mending Old Clothes, Moret - Camille Pissarro - 1902

Artwork Information

TitleElderly Woman Mending Old Clothes, Moret
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions54 x 65 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Elderly Woman Mending Old Clothes, Moret

The artwork “Elderly Woman Mending Old Clothes, Moret” is an oil on canvas painting by the renowned artist Camille Pissarro, dated 1902. Measuring 54 by 65 cm, this work is categorized within the genre painting tradition and reflects the Impressionist movement to which Pissarro contributed significantly. Currently, this artwork is held within a private collection.

The artwork depicts an elderly woman engrossed in the task of mending clothes. She sits with a slightly bent posture, the fabric held delicately between her steady hands. The domestic setting is illuminated with a soft, diffused light that filters through the window, highlighting the everyday nature of the scene. Her clothing is rendered in somber tones, suggesting a sense of modesty and practicality that aligns with her task.

Pissarro’s brushwork is visible and loose, typical of the Impressionist style, imparting a sense of vibrancy and movement to the painting. Textural details are achieved through thickly applied paint, providing a tactile quality to surfaces like the heavy drapery of the curtains and the worn texture of the woman’s attire. The surroundings are simplified but include key elements that indicate a cozy, lived-in space, such as the wooden bureau with drawers slightly ajar and the ornaments that decorate the room. The woman’s expression is concentrated yet serene, revealing a moment of quiet dedication to her work, a snapshot of daily life imbued with a sense of dignity and timelessness.

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