Resting, Peasant Girl Lying on the Grass, Pontoise (1882) by Camille Pissarro

Resting, Peasant Girl Lying on the Grass, Pontoise - Camille Pissarro - 1882

Artwork Information

TitleResting, Peasant Girl Lying on the Grass, Pontoise
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions64.5 x 78 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationKunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany

About Resting, Peasant Girl Lying on the Grass, Pontoise

The artwork “Resting, Peasant Girl Lying on the Grass, Pontoise” is a quintessential piece of the Impressionism movement, painted by the illustrious artist Camille Pissarro in the year 1882. The medium used is oil on canvas, emphasizing a characteristic Impressionist technique with its distinctive brushwork. Measuring 64.5 by 78 centimeters, this portrait is housed at the esteemed Kunsthalle Bremen in Bremen, Germany.

The artwork captures a serene moment in the countryside, featuring a peasant girl taking repose in a natural setting. She lies on the lush grass, her body relaxed and stretched out, with one arm gently resting on the ground and the other tucked underneath her head. Her attire is simple, suggesting her humble status, with a dress that harmonizes with the verdant colors of the pastoral landscape.

Pissarro’s composition is animated by his use of light and color, which creates a vibrant tapestry of the pastoral life and environment. The brushstrokes are loose and visible, typical of Impressionist artwork, which adds to the dynamic texture of the grass and foliage surrounding the resting figure. An expression of rural tranquility and the beauty of everyday life, Pissarro’s work reflects the Impressionist preoccupation with light, movement, and the immediacy of visual perception.

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