Peasant Women Planting Stakes (1891) by Camille Pissarro

Peasant Women Planting Stakes - Camille Pissarro - 1891

Artwork Information

TitlePeasant Women Planting Stakes
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions55 x 46 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Peasant Women Planting Stakes

The artwork “Peasant Women Planting Stakes” is an oil on canvas painting by Camille Pissarro, a key figure in the Impressionist movement, completed in 1891. It measures 55 by 46 centimeters and is categorised as a genre painting, which depicts scenes from everyday life. This piece currently resides within a private collection. With its Impressionist style, Pissarro’s work is known for its loose brushwork and vivid portrayal of light and movement.

The artwork features a quartet of women engaged in the task of planting stakes, likely for agricultural purposes in a rural setting. The artist’s use of light is evident as it dapples across the scene, diffusing through the leaves and casting a network of shadows and highlights across the figures and the field. Each woman is absorbed in her task, their postures suggesting a mix of labor and camaraderie. Pissarro employs vibrant, yet harmonious colors and rapid, textured brushstrokes that typify the Impressionist approach, creating a sense of the moment’s transience. The canvas itself is alive with the flickering effects of natural light, exemplifying the Impressionist fascination with capturing the immediate visual impressions. The composition celebrates the beauty of the pastoral landscape and the simple, yet essential, activities of rural life.

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