Landscape with Figures by a River (c.1853 – c.1854) by Camille Pissarro

Landscape with Figures by a River - Camille Pissarro - c.1853 - c.1854

Artwork Information

TitleLandscape with Figures by a River
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Datec.1853 - c.1854
Dimensions37.1 x 54.1 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationAshmolean Museum, Oxford, UK

About Landscape with Figures by a River

The artwork “Landscape with Figures by a River” is a creation by the artist Camille Pissarro, estimated to have been made between circa 1853 and 1854. Pissarro rendered the scene using watercolor on paper, and the work measures 37.1 cm by 54.1 cm. Exhibiting characteristics of the Realism art movement, the genre of this artwork is landscape, and it is currently housed in the Ashmolean Museum, located in Oxford, UK.

This particular piece by Pissarro is a bucolic representation that captures a serene moment by a river. The watercourse meanders through the scene, flanked by variably shaded clusters of trees and foliage that denote a rich, natural environment. Various figures populate the landscape, suggesting a harmony between human activity and the pastoral setting. These individuals, some on horseback and others standing or engaging in activities by the water’s edge, convey a sense of daily life and connection with the environment. The use of watercolor allows for delicate transitions in tone and light, suggesting the ephemeral quality of the atmosphere. The gentle brushwork and a palette dominated by earthy tones lend an air of tranquility to the scene, inviting contemplation of the intimate interplay of land, water, and people.

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