Landscape at Valhermeil (1878) by Camille Pissarro

Landscape at Valhermeil - Camille Pissarro - 1878

Artwork Information

TitleLandscape at Valhermeil
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions38 x 55 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Landscape at Valhermeil

The artwork “Landscape at Valhermeil” by Camille Pissarro, created in 1878, is an exemplar of the Impressionist movement. This oil on canvas artwork, measuring 38 x 55 cm, prominently fits within the landscape genre and is currently part of a private collection. Pissarro’s composition invites viewers into a rural setting, distinguished by its loose brushwork and attention to atmospheric effects that evoke the essence of the landscape.

In the artwork, Pissarro has rendered a tranquil rural scene with a nuanced orchestration of colors and light. The piece captures the everyday simplicity of countryside life. One observes a pathway meandering through the landscape, leading to a modest settlement nestled amidst trees. The presence of figures within this setting implies activity and life, yet they are executed with a restraint that ensures they harmonize with their surroundings rather than dominate them. The sky is a muted expanse, providing a backdrop that reinforces the subdued mood of the scene. The visible brushstrokes and the interplay of light and shadow manifest the transient quality of light that is so central to Impressionist works. Overall, the artwork depicts not just a physical location, but a moment in time, captured with the sensory impressions of the artist.

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