Laundry and Mill at Osny (1884) by Camille Pissarro

Laundry and Mill at Osny - Camille Pissarro - 1884

Artwork Information

TitleLaundry and Mill at Osny
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions65.3 x 54.3 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Laundry and Mill at Osny

The artwork titled “Laundry and Mill at Osny” is an oil on canvas creation by the esteemed artist Camille Pissarro, dating back to 1884. The piece stands as a quintessential example of Impressionist genre painting, with dimensions measuring 65.3 x 54.3 centimeters. Currently held in a private collection, this painting captures a candid moment in everyday life through the distinctive brushstrokes and use of light that characterize the Impressionist movement.

In the artwork, one observes a serene, rustic setting that portrays a domestic scene adjacent to a water mill. The composition is dominated by lush greenery, with trees framing the scene and casting dappling shadows upon the ground and water. At the center of the painting, two figures are engaged in the laborious task of washing clothes by the edge of the waterway. The water, reflective and vibrant, leads the viewer’s eye towards the mill structure, contrasted against the vivid tree foliage. Muted tones are enlivened with specks of brighter color, creating a harmonious blend that contributes to the tranquility of the depicted moment. The loose, rapid brushstrokes capture the essence of the light and movement, giving life to the scene and emphasizing the Impressionist interest in capturing the fleeting qualities of light and atmosphere. Pissarro’s skillful composition and his authentic capture of the rural livelihood present an artwork that is both pictorially charming and historically significant.

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