Seated Peasant (1892) by Camille Pissarro

Seated Peasant - Camille Pissarro - 1892

Artwork Information

TitleSeated Peasant
ArtistCamille Pissarro
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions31 1/2 x 25 1/4 in (81 x 65 cm)
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Seated Peasant

The artwork “Seated Peasant” is an oil on canvas painting by the artist Camille Pissarro, dating back to the year 1892. The piece is a fine example of the Impressionism movement and is classified as a genre painting. Measuring approximately 31 1/2 by 25 1/4 inches (81 x 65 cm), it is currently held in a private collection.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with a contemplative scene featuring a peasant figure seated against a backdrop rich with natural elements. The subject, dressed in modest attire, appears to be in a state of repose or introspection. Pissarro’s utilization of a dappled brushwork technique imbues the painting with a sense of vibrancy and light that is characteristic of the Impressionist style. Delicate light filters through the tree canopy, creating a mosaic of color that plays over the figure and the surrounding landscape. The foliage and grass are depicted with an array of hues that suggest the freshness of the outdoors and the transient effects of light and shadow.

Adjacent to the figure, a basket lies upon the ground, subtly indicating the peasant’s engagement in agricultural labor. This detail, alongside the figure’s body language—with the head resting on one hand and the gaze gently directed downwards—evokes a narrative of rural life and its quiet moments of solitude. Overall, Pissarro’s work is a testament to the beauty found in the simplicity of everyday life and the harmony between humankind and nature.

Other Artwork from Camille Pissarro

More Impressionism Artwork

Scroll to Top