Laundresses at Eragny (c.1901) by Camille Pissarro

Laundresses at Eragny - Camille Pissarro - c.1901

Artwork Information

TitleLaundresses at Eragny
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Laundresses at Eragny

The artwork titled “Laundresses at Eragny” was created by the esteemed artist Camille Pissarro around 1901. This oil on canvas is a quintessential example of the Impressionist movement, a genre that Pissarro helped pioneer. Having depicted a scene of daily life, the piece falls under the category of genre painting. Currently, it resides in a private collection, indicative of its status as a valuable piece of fine art.

“Laundresses at Eragny” features a bucolic outdoor scene where several women, presumably laundresses, are engaged in the task of washing and hanging laundry. The background is rendered with loose, visible brushstrokes characteristic of Impressionism, capturing the play of light across the vividly colored foliage of a garden or meadow. In the foreground, one woman is bent over, washing a piece of fabric in a basin, while another stands beside her, wringing out cloth. To the right, another woman with a child by her side is holding up a garment, likely examining her work or airing out the piece. The figures are captured in the midst of their labor, representing a snapshot of rural life at the turn of the 20th century. The composition, use of color, and light effectively convey the atmosphere and reality of the moment without resorting to strict realism, characteristic of Impressionist works.

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