Peasant Woman with a Goat (1881) by Camille Pissarro

Peasant Woman with a Goat - Camille Pissarro - 1881

Artwork Information

TitlePeasant Woman with a Goat
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Peasant Woman with a Goat

The artwork “Peasant Woman with a Goat” is an 1881 genre painting by the impressionist artist Camille Pissarro. Executed in oil on canvas, the piece is expressive of the Impressionist movement to which Pissarro contributed significantly. The painting finds its residence in a private collection, thereby limiting public display and direct access for a broader audience.

In the artwork, Pissarro depicts a rural scene characterized by a natural and rather informal setting. The central figure is a peasant woman dressed in traditional clothing of the late 19th century, standing beside a goat. The woman appears to be in mid-motion as if taking a pause from her walk or perhaps interacting with the goat, which stands close by in a familiar and docile manner, enhancing the sense of everyday rural life.

The background consists of a loosely rendered natural landscape, indicative of the Impressionism’s hallmark brushwork and Pissarro’s keen interest in capturing the effects of light and atmosphere. The palette is predominantly made up of earthy tones, with dabs of blues and greens enhancing the sense of a cool, possibly early morning or late afternoon, environment. The visible brushstrokes add a sense of vibrancy and movement to the vegetation, with the trees and shrubs surrounding the figures rendered with swift, textured brushwork.

The woman’s attire and the presence of the goat underscore the genre painting’s focus on scenes from daily life, particularly in a rural or agricultural setting. The goat’s orientation towards the woman suggests interaction and familiarity, underscoring the closeness of human and animal relationships in rural communities. Overall, the artwork provides insight into the rural lifestyle of the era and Pissarro’s own fascination with the lives of common people, as well as the natural world around them.

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