Farmyard at the Maison Rouge, Pontoise (1877) by Camille Pissarro

Farmyard at the Maison Rouge, Pontoise - Camille Pissarro - 1877

Artwork Information

TitleFarmyard at the Maison Rouge, Pontoise
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions50 x 65 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Farmyard at the Maison Rouge, Pontoise

“Farmyard at the Maison Rouge, Pontoise” is an oil on canvas painting by Camille Pissarro, completed in 1877. The artwork exemplifies the Impressionist movement with which Pissarro was intimately connected. It measures 50 by 65 centimeters and falls within the landscape genre. Originally part of a private collection, the artwork captures the essence of rural life with Pissarro’s distinctive brushwork and color palette.

The artwork portrays a scene of rural tranquility, set at the Maison Rouge in Pontoise. The composition is dominated by an array of trees whose branches intertwine to create a natural canopy, casting patterns of light and shadow across the scene. Pissarro employed swift and visible brushstrokes, a signature of Impressionist technique, to infuse the artwork with vibrancy and a sense of immediacy. The foreground features chickens pecking at the ground, adding life and movement to the farmyard setting.

The color palette is rich with autumnal hues, suggestive of the season and time of day. The dappling effect of the sunlight filters through the trees, enhancing the textural quality and creating a lively interplay between light and color. Figures might be discerned in the distance, contributing to the impression of daily life continuing beyond the immediate foreground. The Impressionist movement’s focus on capturing the fleeting moments of light and atmosphere is evident in Pissarro’s approach to this pastoral landscape.

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