Peasant with a Pitchfork (c.1901) by Camille Pissarro

Peasant with a Pitchfork - Camille Pissarro - c.1901

Artwork Information

TitlePeasant with a Pitchfork
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Peasant with a Pitchfork

The artwork “Peasant with a Pitchfork” is a notable creation by the artist Camille Pissarro, dating from circa 1901. Pissarro, known for his contributions to the Impressionism movement, chose pastel on paper as his medium for this piece. This genre painting, which vividly captures a moment in the life of a peasant, is part of a private collection and is not currently on public display.

The artwork depicts a solitary figure, presumed to be a peasant, engaged in labor. The individual is rendered with loose, expressive strokes that are characteristic of the Impressionist style, which sought to capture the transient effects of light and color. The peasant wears a wide-brimmed hat that casts a shadow over their face, obscuring their features and adding a sense of anonymity to the subject. The figure is clothed in a long-sleeved blue shirt and a long beige skirt, suggesting a simple, utilitarian dress appropriate for farm work. They are wielding a pitchfork with its shaft angled diagonally across the composition, hinting at the motion of labor.

Pissarro’s use of pastel allows for a soft interplay of colors, with the tawny hues of the skirt contrasting gently against the muted blue of the shirt and the earthen tones in the background. There is a suggestion of movement and toil, conveyed through the posture and positioning of the figure. Overall, the artwork captures a moment of everyday rural life with an intimate focus on the subject’s activity, rather than a detailed depiction of the surrounding environment.

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