La Mere Gaspard (1876) by Camille Pissarro

La Mere Gaspard - Camille Pissarro - 1876

Artwork Information

TitleLa Mere Gaspard
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions55.4 x 45.7 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About La Mere Gaspard

The artwork “La Mere Gaspard” was created by the renowned artist Camille Pissarro in the year 1876. It is an oil painting on canvas, measuring 55.4 x 45.7 cm, and is currently held in a private collection. The piece is an exemplar of the Impressionist movement, a genre known for its use of light and color to capture the essence of a subject rather than its precise details. Pissarro’s portrait predominantly showcases portraiture as its genre.

The artwork presents a poignant portrait of a woman seated, presumably resting from her labors, as suggested by the basket beside her. The portrayal is imbued with a certain stillness and introspection. The woman’s expression is rendered with a sense of contemplative weariness; her gaze does not engage directly with the viewer, but seems to be focused inwardly or on something in the distance.

Pissarro’s brushwork is characteristic of the Impressionist style, with visible strokes that convey texture and movement. Though the painting captures a seemingly ordinary moment, the artist’s treatment of light and shadow, combined with the dynamic application of paint, imbues the scene with a tangible warmth and depth. The play of light is particularly evident in how it interacts with the various textures of the subject’s clothing, the wicker basket, and the ostensibly wooden floor, revealing the artist’s dexterity in rendering materials.

Dominant hues within the palette range from earth tones to soft blues, with subtle contrasts that suggest the contours of the woman’s attire and features. Overall, the artwork conveys a sense of serene resignation and the dignity of the common person, themes often revisited by Pissarro and his Impressionist contemporaries.

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