Pere Gallien’s House at Pontoise (1866) by Camille Pissarro

Pere Gallien's House at Pontoise - Camille Pissarro - 1866

Artwork Information

TitlePere Gallien's House at Pontoise
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions55 x 40 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationIpswich Museum, Ipswich, UK

About Pere Gallien's House at Pontoise

The artwork “Pere Gallien’s House at Pontoise” is an oil on canvas painting by artist Camille Pissarro, dating back to 1866. It is a notable example of the Realism art movement. The dimensions of the artwork are 55 cm by 40 cm, and it falls under the genre of landscape. The painting is currently housed at the Ipswich Museum in Ipswich, UK.

“Pere Gallien’s House at Pontoise” depicts a serene rural landscape. Dominating the scene is a large, leafless tree in the foreground with branches stretching across the sky, indicating either an autumn or winter season. Behind it, the composition includes blossoming trees suggestive of the rejuvenation characteristic of spring, creating a contrast in foliage and time periods within one frame. In the midground, two figures—a man and a woman—are seen in close proximity to each other, possibly in conversation, adding a human element to the pastoral settings. They provide a sense of scale and also enliven the peaceful countryside scene. The background features a house and outbuildings under a spacious sky, conveying the expanse of the rural environment. The colors Pissarro uses are fairly muted, with soft earth tones predominating, reflecting the natural light and atmosphere of the location. Distinct brushstrokes and a balanced composition create a sense of harmonious tranquility in this idyllic rural setting, which was a hallmark of Pissarro’s earlier works before he shifted his style toward Impressionism.

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