La Varenne de St. Hilaire (1863) by Camille Pissarro

La Varenne de St. Hilaire - Camille Pissarro - 1863

Artwork Information

TitleLa Varenne de St. Hilaire
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationBudapest Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary

About La Varenne de St. Hilaire

The artwork titled “La Varenne de St. Hilaire” was created by the artist Camille Pissarro in 1863. It’s an oil on canvas painting that belongs to the Realism movement and depicts a landscape scene. This painting is housed at the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, Hungary.

In this particular painting, one can observe a tranquil, open landscape bathed in what appears to be the warm light of late afternoon or early evening. The scene is dominated by a broad expanse of greenery, punctuated by trees and delineated by a horizon where one can make out the silhouettes of buildings, perhaps hinting at a village or a rural settlement. The presence of people, including figures in the foreground and a couple of distant ones, adds a sense of scale and liveliness to the otherwise serene panorama. The play of light and shade, as well as the naturalistic rendering of the scene, reflect the principles of Realism, wherein the artist sought to capture the world without artifice or idealization. The varied brushwork, from finer detailing in the figures and trees to broader strokes in the grassy fields, imbues the painting with texture and depth.

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