Peasant Planting Pea Sticks (1891) by Camille Pissarro

Peasant Planting Pea Sticks - Camille Pissarro - 1891

Artwork Information

TitlePeasant Planting Pea Sticks
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Peasant Planting Pea Sticks

The artwork entitled “Peasant Planting Pea Sticks” is an 1891 creation by the renowned artist Camille Pissarro, executed in pastel on paper. It stands as a testament to the Impressionist movement, a genre of painting characterized by an emphasis on the general impression produced by a scene or object and the use of unmixed primary colors and small strokes to simulate actual reflected light. This particular genre painting, which is a depiction of everyday life, resides in a private collection.

The artwork captures the humble and labor-intensive task of a peasant planting pea sticks. Dominated by soft, pastel hues, the scene portrays a lone figure engrossed in the act of staking plants. The individual, presumably a woman based on the attire, is seen standing, bending slightly forward with a keen focus on the task at hand. Her outfit consists of a long skirt and a blouse with sleeves rolled up, suggesting physical work, and she is adorned with what appears to be a headscarf, which was common for the rural working class of that era. The simplicity of the composition, along with the delicate touch of the pastels, imbues the scene with a sense of immediacy and intimacy, allowing viewers to sense the moment of calm concentration. Pissarro’s mastery in capturing the essence of peasant life and his commitment to portraying the truth of rural labor resonates in the careful rendering of the figure and her environment. The spontaneity of the medium complements the transient nature of the impressionist vision, with each stroke contributing to the overall harmony of the piece.

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