Landscape, Fields, Eragny (1885) by Camille Pissarro

Landscape, Fields, Eragny - Camille Pissarro - 1885

Artwork Information

TitleLandscape, Fields, Eragny
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPhiladelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, US

About Landscape, Fields, Eragny

The artwork titled “Landscape, Fields, Eragny” is an oil on canvas painting by renowned artist Camille Pissarro, dated to the year 1885. This piece is an exemplar of the Impressionist movement, to which Pissarro contributed significantly through his focus on natural landscapes and outdoor scenes. The artwork, showcasing a bucolic landscape, is part of the collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with a serene depiction of the countryside around Eragny. The composition focuses on an expansive view of fields delineated by fences and dotted with trees. The foreground features a bare-branched tree, likely captured in the cooler seasons, given the absence of foliage. Spring’s approach is suggested by the green hues spreading across the patchwork of fields. Gentle brushstrokes capture the texture of the vibrant green grass, and touches of yellows and browns suggest the presence of other vegetation or perhaps the remnants of a prior harvest.

In the middle ground, the landscape is interrupted by intermittent rows of trees and the discernible shapes of houses that are scattered throughout the scene. These elements introduce a human presence without overwhelming the natural atmosphere of the scene. On the horizon, the detail diminishes, allowing the viewer’s eye to travel towards the soft, overcast sky where loosely defined clouds float, blending with the faint touches of blue. Pissarro’s technique of using quick, small brushstrokes is characteristic of Impressionist painters, aiming to capture the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere.

The artwork as a whole radiates a sense of peace and the harmonious coexistence between nature and human settlement, typical of Pissarro’s landscapes. It invites contemplation on both the beauty of the rural setting and the transitory quality of the moment captured by the artist’s hand.

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