Mother Jolly (1874) by Camille Pissarro

Mother Jolly - Camille Pissarro - 1874

Artwork Information

TitleMother Jolly
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Mother Jolly

The artwork titled “Mother Jolly” is an exceptional piece by the renowned artist Camille Pissarro, created in the year 1874. The medium used is oil on canvas, and it fits within the auspices of the Impressionist art movement. As a genre, the work falls under the category of a portrait and is currently housed within a private collection.

In “Mother Jolly,” the artwork presents a figure of a woman seated outdoors, focused on a task in her lap that appears to be knitting or sewing. She dons traditional attire that includes a headscarf and a long-sleeved dress with an apron. Her pose is one of quiet concentration, demonstrating a serene moment of everyday life.

The background reveals a rustic environment, possibly the exterior of a home, characterized by a brick wall with creeping plants and a modest wooden door. The doorway sits to the right of the woman, while a series of flowering pots decorate a shelf above her, adding splashes of color against the earthen tones of the bricks. The gentle handling of light and shadow, ensuring a sense of depth and atmospheric effect, is a testament to the Impressionist style which Pissarro so deftly employed.

Pissarro’s brushwork is loose and appears almost quick in its execution, enabling the portrayal of spontaneous light effects and a fleeting sense of moment, which are hallmarks of Impressionist painting. The painting exudes a sense of unassuming elegance and a palpable respect for the serene simplicity of rural life.

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