Harvesting Potatos (c.1884 – c.1885) by Camille Pissarro

Harvesting Potatos - Camille Pissarro - c.1884 - c.1885

Artwork Information

TitleHarvesting Potatos
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Datec.1884 - c.1885
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Harvesting Potatos

The artwork titled “Harvesting Potatoes” is an oeuvre by Camille Pissarro, dating from approximately 1884 to 1885. It is representative of the Impressionist movement, and the genre of painting can be classified as a genre painting. As of the date this description was written, this work is part of a private collection.

In “Harvesting Potatoes”, Pissarro captures the essence of rural life through his characteristic loose brushwork and vibrant palette, hallmarks of Impressionist style. The artwork depicts a modest scene of agricultural labor —three figures engaged in the task of gathering potatoes. The central figure, bent over with effort, is immersed in the process of collecting the harvest, surrounded by baskets filled with potatoes. Flanked by another figure who stands upright, seemingly overseeing the work, and a woman in the background who is also participating in the harvesting process, the painting conveys a sense of communal activity. The backdrop showcases a serene pastoral landscape, further emphasizing the connection between humans and the land they cultivate. The application of color and light reflects the transient effects of natural light on the subjects, which was a focal point of the Impressionist movement. Through this artwork, Pissarro not only provides a window into the agricultural practices of the time but also immortalizes the simple beauty of everyday toil.

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