Shepherd in a Downpour (1889) by Camille Pissarro

Shepherd in a Downpour - Camille Pissarro - 1889

Artwork Information

TitleShepherd in a Downpour
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Shepherd in a Downpour

The artwork titled “Shepherd in a Downpour” is a genre painting created by Camille Pissarro in 1889. Painted on canvas using tempera, the piece is an exemplar of the Impressionist movement. As of my knowledge cutoff in April 2023, the painting is held in a private collection.

The painting depicts a lone shepherd clad in a dark cloak, standing amidst a flock of sheep as they traverse what appears to be a lush, rain-swept landscape. The setting shows the subtle interaction of light on the wet surfaces, common in Impressionist works. The strokes suggest a heavy downpour, obscuring the distant hills and sky, while the shepherd’s stoic pose alludes to the everyday, steadfast character of rural life. The painter has captured the shepherd with minimal detailing on the face, allowing viewers to focus on the atmosphere and the elements rather than the individual’s identity. The sheep are clustered densely, rendered with soft touches of white and beige, blending with the greenery of the grass. The diagonal lines imply gusts of wind and rain, contributing to the dynamic sense of weather within this serene pastoral scene.

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