Peasant Donning Her Marmotte (1882) by Camille Pissarro

Peasant Donning Her Marmotte - Camille Pissarro - 1882

Artwork Information

TitlePeasant Donning Her Marmotte
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions54.4 x 38 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Peasant Donning Her Marmotte

The artwork titled “Peasant Donning Her Marmotte” was created by the artist Camille Pissarro in 1882, during the influential Impressionist movement. The piece is a genre painting, which is a style depicting scenes from everyday life, and measures 54.4 x 38 cm. Currently, the artwork is held within a private collection.

The artwork captures a singular moment in the daily life of a peasant woman as she dons her marmotte, or headscarf, a task that infuses the scene with movement and a sense of casual immediacy characteristic of Impressionist work. Pissarro’s brushwork is visible and energetic, contributing to the depiction of light playing across the subject’s attire and the surrounding environment. The vibrant, loose strokes allow for an interplay of colors that give the painting its vivacity and rustic charm. The woman is centered in the composition, her body slightly turned and her hands raised to adjust the bright-colored scarf, which draws attention to her face and contrasts with the more subdued tones of her dress and the natural backdrop. The outdoors appears lively and abundant, with a dappled light suggesting the warmth of the countryside and complementing the humble subject. Pissarro’s practice of painting en plein air, meaning outdoors, is evident in the freshness and spontaneity of this depiction of rural life.

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