Laundresses at Eragny (c.1898) by Camille Pissarro

Laundresses at Eragny - Camille Pissarro - c.1898

Artwork Information

TitleLaundresses at Eragny
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions38 x 46 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Laundresses at Eragny

“Laundresses at Eragny” is an artwork by Camille Pissarro, created circa 1898. This oil on canvas painting measures 38 x 46 cm and is a fine example of genre painting within the Impressionism art movement. It is currently held in a private collection. The piece reflects Pissarro’s fascination with natural settings and daily life activities.

In the artwork, Pissarro depicts two women engaged in the task of laundry in an outdoor setting. The artist has rendered the scene with the loose brushwork and play of light and shadow that are characteristic of the Impressionist style. A wooden structure, possibly a makeshift shelter, provides a space for the activity, and the lush greenery of the environment suggests a rural setting. The two figures, immersed in their work, appear absorbed in the physical effort required by their task.

The brushstrokes are visible and vibrant, giving the painting a sense of movement and immediacy, as if capturing a fleeting moment in the day-to-day lives of these individuals. There’s a contrast between the sunlit areas and the shadows, creating a dynamic and inviting depiction of an ordinary but intimate aspect of rural life. The placement of the figures and the perspective suggest a casual observation, adding to the spontaneous feel of the composition.

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