Old Houses at Eragny (1884) by Camille Pissarro

Old Houses at Eragny - Camille Pissarro - 1884

Artwork Information

TitleOld Houses at Eragny
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Old Houses at Eragny

“Old Houses at Eragny” is a work of art by Camille Pissarro, dating back to 1884. Pissarro, an artist known for his contributions to the Impressionist movement, rendered the artwork using oil on canvas as his medium. Positioned within the genre of landscape, the artwork embodies the Impressionist’s distinctive style and is currently held in a private collection.

The artwork depicts a rural scene characterized by a collection of quaint houses nestled in a small village. These structures, with their rustic charm, feature weathered facades and steep, tiled roofing displaying varying shades of warm, earthy tones. Subtly suggested through the application of loose, yet deliberate brushstrokes, is the texture of the roof tiles and the walls, capturing the essence of the material and the effects of light and shadow.

Amidst the architecture, green foliage sprouts, further infusing life into the tranquil village scape. The scene is warmly lit, suggesting either a late afternoon or early morning, where the sun casts soft shadows and bathes the environment in a gentle, diffuse light, a testament to the Impressionist fascination with natural light and its transient qualities.

Foregrounding the composition, a figure is seen next to a modest picket fence and a partially open gate, perhaps going about daily tasks, thereby anchoring the otherwise idyllic scene in the realm of the everyday. The presence of the individual adds a sense of scale and human element to the painting.

In summary, “Old Houses at Eragny” is an Impressionist landscape that keenly expresses Pissarro’s interest in rural motifs and his ability to capture the ephemeral qualities of light and atmosphere through his masterly brushwork.

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