Seated Peasant Woman Crunching an Apple (c.1886) by Camille Pissarro

Seated Peasant Woman Crunching an Apple - Camille Pissarro - c.1886

Artwork Information

TitleSeated Peasant Woman Crunching an Apple
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Seated Peasant Woman Crunching an Apple

The artwork titled “Seated Peasant Woman Crunching an Apple” is a creation by the artist Camille Pissarro dating from approximately 1886. The medium employed for this piece is pastel on paper. Pissarro’s work is known for its roots in the Impressionism movement, and this particular piece is classified within the genre painting category. As of the last known status, the artwork is held in a private collection.

The artwork captures a moment of simple, rustic life. It depicts a peasant woman, attired in a long, flowing dress with a shawl draped over her shoulders, seated on the ground. She appears deeply engrossed in the act of biting into an apple, a symbol of sustenance and the earthy pleasures of life. The woman’s posture and the gentle fold of the fabric of her dress suggest a certain casual ease, as if she is taking a rest from her labors to enjoy the fruit.

Pissarro has used swift, energetic strokes to give a sense of immediacy to the scene. The background is rendered in muted earth tones that complement the brighter, more vivid colors of the woman’s attire without overshadowing the central figure. This interplay of colors and textures is characteristic of Pissarro’s work and the broader techniques of the Impressionist movement, which sought to capture the fleeting effects of light and color. The use of pastel allows for soft but rich application of color, lending the artwork a vibrant yet intimate perspective on daily life in the rural past.

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