Picking Peas (c.1893) by Camille Pissarro

Picking Peas - Camille Pissarro - c.1893

Artwork Information

TitlePicking Peas
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationLangmatt Foundation, Baden, Switzerland

About Picking Peas

The artwork “Picking Peas” by Camille Pissarro, created circa 1893, is an oil on canvas painting that is part of the Impressionism art movement. This genre painting, which captures a scene of everyday rural life, is currently housed at the Langmatt Foundation in Baden, Switzerland. Characteristic of Pissarro’s style and the Impressionist movement, the artwork presents a vivid and naturalistic depiction of agricultural labor.

“Picking Peas” portrays rural figures engaged in the task of harvesting peas. The painting foregrounds two individuals: one is standing, holding a basket filled with peas, while the other is bent over, engaged in picking peas from the plants. The attention to the figures’ posture and movement reflects an appreciation of the physicality of their work. The background of the artwork offers a glimpse of an expansive landscape, imbued with a sense of atmosphere that is often emphasized by Impressionists through their use of color and light. The texture and brushstrokes convey the lushness of the vegetation as well as the expanse of the fields stretching into the distance. Pissarro captures the essence of outdoor light, particularly its effects upon the scenery, with a varied palette, enhancing the perception of a moment caught in time. The composition as a whole demonstrates Pissarro’s interest in depicting the harmonious relationship between humans and nature, a theme commonly explored during the Impressionist era.

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