La Marchande de Marrons, Fiore de la St. Martin, Pontoise (1881) by Camille Pissarro

La Marchande de Marrons, Fiore de la St. Martin, Pontoise - Camille Pissarro - 1881

Artwork Information

TitleLa Marchande de Marrons, Fiore de la St. Martin, Pontoise
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About La Marchande de Marrons, Fiore de la St. Martin, Pontoise

The artwork “La Marchande de Marrons, FĂȘte de la St. Martin, Pontoise” is a notable piece by the artist Camille Pissarro, painted in the year 1881. This piece stands as an exemplar of the Impressionist movement, a style characterized by its innovative use of light and color to capture moments in time. Pissarro’s medium of choice for this piece was oil on canvas, and the genre of the painting is classified as a landscape. Though created in the 19th century, the painting’s current location is in a private collection, keeping it apart from the public eye yet preserved within the realm of private connoisseurship.

The artwork depicts a vibrant outdoor scene, likely set on the festival of St. Martin observed in Pontoise, which is a town located in the northwest suburbs of Paris. The painting is a flurry of activity, capturing the bustling nature of the market with people going about their business. At the center of the composition sits a chestnut vendor, presumably the “marchande de marrons” referenced in the title. She is attentively tending to her cast-iron roasting pan, which emits a sense of warmth that contrasts the crisp autumnal environment.

The vendor is depicted with a rich palette of colors, wearing a blue dress covered by an apron, and with a shawl draped over her shoulders. The Impressionist technique is evident in the loose brushwork and the play of light and shadow, which gives life and motion to the scene. Around her, other figures are faintly defined, mingling and engaging in what is presumptively the sale and purchase of goods. The autumnal trees in the background provide a golden canopy, with hints of the urban landscape peeking through in the distance. The overall atmosphere is one of everyday life, captured with a blend of detail and spontaneity that invites the viewer to sense the chill in the air and the bustling energy of the marketplace.

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