Flock of Sheep (1888) by Camille Pissarro

Flock of Sheep - Camille Pissarro - 1888

Artwork Information

TitleFlock of Sheep
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions46 x 55.2 cm
Art MovementPointillism,Neo-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Flock of Sheep

The artwork titled “Flock of Sheep” was created by the artist Camille Pissarro in the year 1888. It is an oil on canvas painting, measuring 46 by 55.2 centimeters. The artwork belongs to the Pointillism and Neo-Impressionism movements within the larger context of genre painting, illustrating scenes from everyday life. Currently, this piece resides within a private collection.

In the artwork, one observes a pastoral scene featuring a shepherd with his dog herding a flock of sheep along a path. The composition conveys a tranquil, bucolic atmosphere, where the shadows and light seem to play across the surface due to the pointillist technique employed by Pissarro. The painting is characterized by small, distinct dots of color applied in patterns to form an image, a hallmark of the Pointillism movement. The viewer’s eye blends these tiny dots when viewed from a distance, creating a full spectrum of tones in the landscape depicted.

The shepherd stands out against the landscape, positioned in a manner suggesting movement and guidance, while the flock follows along the winding path. Buildings are visible in the background to the right, partially obscured by the light, perhaps indicating the time of day being either early morning or late afternoon. Overall, the artwork captures a moment in time with a gentle, yet lively portrayal of rural life, with a focus on the harmonious relationship between humans, animals, and nature.

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