Portrait of the Artist’s Mother (c.1888) by Camille Pissarro

Portrait of the Artist's Mother - Camille Pissarro - c.1888

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of the Artist's Mother
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions20.7 x 16.3 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Portrait of the Artist's Mother

The artwork titled “Portrait of the Artist’s Mother” is a creation of Camille Pissarro, dating back to circa 1888. As an Impressionist watercolor on paper, Pissarro has captured the essence of his subject through fluid brushstrokes and color selection that signify the movement’s characteristic approach to light and spontaneity. With dimensions of 20.7 x 16.3 cm, this intimate portrait not only encapsulates the genre’s focus on personal and everyday scenes but also offers insight into Pissarro’s familial bond. Currently part of a private collection, the artwork stands as a testimony to Pissarro’s skill and his relationship with his mother.

Upon observing the artwork, one can appreciate the delicate application of watercolor, where Pissarro uses subtle gradations of color to shape the form and character of his mother’s visage. The choice of warm tones conveys a gentle atmosphere, while the loose and expressive brushwork typifies Impressionist techniques, prioritizing emotional impact over detailed realism. The subject’s downward gaze and serene expression invite contemplation, implicitly revealing the personal nature of the work. Pissarro’s signature, denoted by his initials “C.P.,” is discreetly placed in the lower-left corner, harmonizing with the artwork’s understated sentiment. Despite its small scale, the portrait conveys a rich emotional depth, embodying both the artist’s personal connection to his subject and the broader artistic values of his time.

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