Landscape (c.1890) by Camille Pissarro

Landscape - Camille Pissarro - c.1890

Artwork Information

ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions31 x 63.5 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationIsrael Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

About Landscape

The artwork titled “Landscape” was created by the artist Camille Pissarro around the year 1890. Reflecting the Impressionist movement, this landscape genre painting measures 31 by 63.5 centimeters and is held in the collection of the Israel Museum located in Jerusalem, Israel. The canvas presents a scene imbued with the distinct characteristics of Impressionism.

The artwork, in its portrayal of the natural setting, exudes a serene ambiance that is typical of Pissarro’s landscapes. At the center of the composition, the moon hangs in a dusk or dawn sky, casting a subtle, reflective light on the clouds and onto the surface of what appears to be a body of water below. The soft, diffused moonlight infuses the scene with an ethereal quality, hinting at the transient moment captured by the artist.

In the foreground, a solitary tree leans over a fence, its form somewhat obscured and merged with the shadows, contributing to the overall sense of quiet and solitude in the landscape. The middle ground reveals a cluster of trees that line the riverbank, their shapes blending into one another through a haze of brushwork that suggest rather than delineate form. These trees are reflected in the water, enhancing the sense of depth and tranquility within the scene.

The application of paint is loose and expressive, with visible brushstrokes contributing to a textured surface that imparts vibrancy and movement to the piece. Although the color palette is somewhat subdued, dominated by blues and purples, it conveys the coolness of the atmosphere, perhaps of early nightfall or late twilight. These elements together achieve an effect that is hallmarked by the Impressionist endeavor to capture the fleeting qualities of light and atmosphere.

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