Portrait of Madame Pissarro Sewing near a Window (1877) by Camille Pissarro

Portrait of Madame Pissarro Sewing near a Window - Camille Pissarro - 1877

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Madame Pissarro Sewing near a Window
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions54 x 45 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationAshmolean Museum, Oxford, UK

About Portrait of Madame Pissarro Sewing near a Window

The artwork titled “Portrait of Madame Pissarro Sewing near a Window” is the creation of the esteemed artist Camille Pissarro, painted in the year 1877. This oil on canvas masterpiece adheres to the Impressionist movement, a genre characterized by its depiction of light and its changing qualities, as well as the inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience. The painting measures 54 x 45 cm and falls under the genre of portraiture. It currently resides within the prestigious Ashmolean Museum located in Oxford, UK.

The artwork renders the intimate scene of a woman engrossed in the act of sewing. Madame Pissarro is depicted with deft brushwork that captures the softness of her features and the concentration etched upon her visage. The delicate interplay of light and shadow plays across the composition, illuminating her hands and the fabric, while also revealing the textures of her garments and the homely environment surrounding her. The background bears allusions to a domestic setting, possibly a window subtly comes into viewers’ sight, alluding to the world beyond the room. The Impressionist technique is evident in the loose brushstrokes and vibrant light effects, invoking a sense of immediacy and the fleeting moments of everyday life.

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