Entering a Village (c.1863) by Camille Pissarro

Entering a Village - Camille Pissarro - c.1863

Artwork Information

TitleEntering a Village
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions33 x 41 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Entering a Village

The artwork “Entering a Village” by Camille Pissarro, created circa 1863, is an oil painting on canvas that belongs to the Realism art movement. It measures 33 by 41 centimeters and depicts a landscape scene. As befitting its genre, the painting captures a moment of everyday rural life, devoid of romanticism or idealization. This piece is currently held in a private collection and is a fine example of Pissarro’s early work, before he moved towards Impressionism.

“Entering a Village” presents the viewer with an idyllic rural setting under an expansive sky. In the foreground, a figure is seen walking down a dirt path towards a cluster of traditional cottages, suggestive of the simple, pastoral lifestyle. The tranquil mood is enhanced by the presence of lush greenery on either side of the path and a robust tree anchoring the composition on the right. The clouds above, executed with delicate brushwork, add a sense of movement in the otherwise calm environment. Pissarro’s treatment of light and shadow, as well as the realistic portrayal of the village and its inhabitant, reflect the Realist commitment to depicting scenes true to life, without embellishment.

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