Portrait of Paulemile (c.1894) by Camille Pissarro

Portrait of Paulemile - Camille Pissarro - c.1894

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Paulemile
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions35.8 x 27.3 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Portrait of Paulemile

The artwork titled “Portrait of Paulemile,” created by the artist Camille Pissarro around 1894, is an oil on canvas painting that belongs to the Impressionism movement. With dimensions of 35.8 x 27.3 cm, this portrait is currently held in a private collection. “Portrait of Paulemile” exemplifies the Impressionist genre, focusing on a subject captured with loose brushwork and an emphasis on the play of light.

The depicted subject in the artwork looks to be a young boy, with his gaze directed slightly to the side, giving the impression of a candid moment rather than a traditional posed portrait. The palette consists of muted earth tones, with gentle blues, creams, and browns that blend harmoniously, reflecting the artist’s keen observation of the natural interplay of light and color.

Pissarro’s use of brushstrokes is expressive, contributing to the overall texture and depth of the composition. The painting captures not only the physical likeness of the boy but also a sense of his personality or mood, which is typical of Impressionist portraits that seek to impart the essence of the subject.

The backdrop of the artwork is minimally defined, with broad strokes suggestive of a nondescript interior setting that allows the viewer to focus entirely on the boy and his expression. The confident mark-making and the intimate scale of the piece create an engaging and personal experience for the viewer.

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