Hoarfrost (1890) by Camille Pissarro

Hoarfrost - Camille Pissarro - 1890

Artwork Information

ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationAshmolean Museum, Oxford, UK

About Hoarfrost

The artwork “Hoarfrost” is a watercolor on paper created by the artist Camille Pissarro in 1890. As a landscape painting belonging to the Impressionist movement, it exemplifies the style’s characteristic brushwork and interest in capturing the transient effects of light. The piece is curated at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, UK.

The image depicts a tranquil rural landscape, softened by the delicate touch of hoarfrost. It is presented in muted tones, creating a serene and somewhat ethereal atmosphere. There is a suggestion of foliage and bare trees in the distance, typical of a late autumn or winter scene. In the foreground, a group of figures and animals can be seen, possibly engaging in agricultural work, tethered by the semblance of a fence. The ephemeral quality of the light and color, as well as the gentle blurring of forms, impart a sense of the fleeting moment, which is emblematic of the Impressionist movement that sought to capture the sensory impressions of a scene rather than its detailed depiction.

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