Le Petit Jardinier (the Little Gardener) is a painting by Frederic Bazille, a French Impressionist painter born in Montpellier in 1841. Created around 1866-67, the painting depicts a figure within a landscape painted en plein air. It features a peasant gardener in the foreground holding an empty basket and watering can, while another laborer works fervently behind him with his shovel.
The wide-brimmed hat and scarf worn around the waist suggest that the character may be a Camargue. The Camargue region is located in southern France and is known for its raised cattle and horses, as well as rice paddies and salt flats.
Le Petit Jardinier was one of several major works Bazille created at the tender age of 23. The 128 x 168.9cm oil on canvas painting is housed at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.
This artwork features vibrant light effects with lively brushstrokes capturing mood and atmosphere which coincides with other Impressionist work during this era.