Peasant Woman Watching the Geese (1890) by Camille Pissarro

Peasant Woman Watching the Geese - Camille Pissarro - 1890

Artwork Information

TitlePeasant Woman Watching the Geese
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions38.1 x 54.93 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Peasant Woman Watching the Geese

The artwork titled “Peasant Woman Watching the Geese” was created by the artist Camille Pissarro in the year 1890. It is an oil painting on canvas measuring 38.1 x 54.93 centimeters and belongs to the Impressionist movement. Characterized as a genre painting, this piece of art is currently housed in a private collection. The artwork vividly captures the simplicity and the vibrant ambiance of rural life.

The painting depicts a bucolic scene set in the countryside. In the foreground, there is a peasant woman standing by a stream, her attention directed toward a flock of geese. The woman appears in profile, clad in traditional rural attire, and is positioned to the right, allowing the viewer’s gaze to follow her line of sight across the painting. The geese are swimming and are located to the left in the lower third of the artwork, adding life and motion to the scene.

The background features an expansive landscape dotted with lush trees that stand in a seemingly random yet harmonious pattern across the middleground. The trees have thick and distinct brushstrokes of green, capturing the essence of the Impressionist style. In the background, one can perceive open fields leading towards a suggestion of houses, possibly a village, their forms expressed through swift, delicate Impressionist touches.

The color palette is rich and varied, with verdant greens, soft blues, and warm tones, contributing to the depiction of light and shadow which is characteristic of Pissarro’s work. The artwork as a whole conveys a sense of peacefulness and harmony with nature, as well as the everyday life of the rural working class at the end of the 19th century. Pissarro’s use of light and texture imbues the painting with a sense of immediacy and intimate observation, which are hallmark traits of the Impressionist movement.

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