Camille Pissarro’s 1877 painting, Red Roofs, corner of a village, winter, is currently at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. It is an oil canvas that measures 54.5 x 65.6 cm and conveys a winter landscape that includes a peasant woman at a window. This painting was well received and has been thought to foreshadow Impressionist techniques used to convey landscapes not just as documentary anecdotes but as parallel expressions of the natural world.
Red Roofs is one of Camille Pissarro’s signature pieces and provides an insight into how the artist viewed everyday struggles through his work. This particular piece shows how he managed to capture the momentary scenes in nature, giving us a glimpse into life in 19th-century rural France.
Given Camille Pissarro’s focus on capturing minute details in nature, it comes as no surprise that his painting Peasant Girl Drinking Her Coffee from 1881 embraces similar themes and aesthetics found in Red Roofs. While this canvas does not have the same size or technique as Red Roofs, it defined for itself a style of thinking about landscapes that has been admired for its depiction of rural life and beauty within it.
Camille Pissarro’s artwork continues to amaze viewers today with its precise use of technique and its commitment to capturing the nuances of 19th century life through art – both through Red Roofs from 1877 and Peasant Girl Drinking Her Coffee from 1881.