La Mere Larcheveque (1880) by Camille Pissarro

La Mere Larcheveque - Camille Pissarro - 1880

Artwork Information

TitleLa Mere Larcheveque
ArtistCamille Pissarro
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions28 3/4 x 23 1/4 in (73 x 59.1 cm)
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY, US

About La Mere Larcheveque

“La Mère Larcheveque” is an artwork crafted by the esteemed artist Camille Pissarro in the year 1880. This piece, rendered in oil on canvas, epitomizes the Impressionist movement to which Pissarro was integral. The dimensions of the artwork are 28 3/4 by 23 1/4 inches (73 x 59.1 cm). Classified as a genre painting, it vividly depicts a slice of everyday life. This notable work forms part of the prestigious collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, situated in New York City, New York, United States.

The artwork portrays the eponymous Mère Larcheveque, depicted with a quiet, introspective demeanor. The brushstrokes are loose and lively, characteristic of the Impressionist style, suggesting both movement and the fleeting quality of light. Soft, dappled light touches her face and clothes, reflecting Pissarro’s fascination with the interplay between light and form. Hues of blue and white dominate her attire, creating a harmonious palette that merges with the shadowed background.

Her posture and expression exude a sense of weary contemplation or rest after labor. Her hands are clasped in her lap, and she looks off to the side, lost in thought. There is an intimate quality to the painting, as if the viewer has stumbled upon a private moment. The background is rendered in muted tones that provide a contrast to the more vibrant colors used for the subject, focusing the viewer’s attention on her figure. The artwork, with its rich textures and emotive quality, is a testament to Pissarro’s skill in capturing the essence of the human spirit and everyday life.

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