Landscape at Melleray, Woman Carrying Water to Horses (1881) by Camille Pissarro

Landscape at Melleray, Woman Carrying Water to Horses - Camille Pissarro - 1881

Artwork Information

TitleLandscape at Melleray, Woman Carrying Water to Horses
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions35 x 45.7 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Landscape at Melleray, Woman Carrying Water to Horses

The artwork titled “Landscape at Melleray, Woman Carrying Water to Horses” was created by artist Camille Pissarro in the year 1881. This painting is a quintessential example of the Impressionist movement, characterized by loose brushwork and an interest in capturing light and atmosphere. The dimensions of the artwork are 35 cm by 45.7 cm, categorizing it as a landscape genre. The painting is currently housed in a private collection.

The artwork itself depicts a serene, bucolic scene with a peasant woman in the act of carrying water to a pair of horses. We can see that Pissarro has employed a vibrant palette to capture the play of light across the landscape, with dapples of color representing the foliage and the sky filled with fluffy, active clouds. The woman is seen in profile and is positioned to the right side of the composition, providing a sense of movement and life within the tranquil setting. Thatched-roof cottages and dense greenery frame the scene, while shadows and highlights are used to create depth and form in the painting. This piece masterfully illustrates the Impressionist technique and Pissarro’s fascination with rural life and labor, capturing a fleeting moment in everyday life with sensitivity and attention to the transient effects of light.

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