Spring, Gray Weather, Eragny (1895) by Camille Pissarro

Spring, Gray Weather, Eragny - Camille Pissarro - 1895

Artwork Information

TitleSpring, Gray Weather, Eragny
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions152.2 x 185.42 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationArt Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Toronto, Canada

About Spring, Gray Weather, Eragny

The artwork “Spring, Gray Weather, Eragny” is an oil on canvas painting by Camille Pissarro created in 1895. This piece is a prime example of the Impressionism movement, characterized by its visible brush strokes, light color palette, and emphasis on capturing the essence of light and movement within a moment. Measuring 152.2 by 185.42 cm, it can be found in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada. The genre of the painting is landscape, and it projects an authentic depiction of rural life during the time.

The artwork captures a serene landscape scene set in Eragny, which exudes the fresh rejuvenation of spring despite the overcast sky. The focal point includes the budding vegetation, with a spectrum of greens interspersed with the white blooms of spring flowers. In the foreground, two figures are partly immersed in the lush environment, possibly tending to the land as part of their daily routines. Their presence is understated, allowing the viewer to focus on the landscape itself. A wooden fence provides a geometric counterpoint to the organic shapes of the trees and the undulating land, reinforcing the harmony between man-made structures and the natural world around them. Pissarro’s brushwork delivers vibrancy and a sense of living atmosphere to the entire scene, capturing a fleeting moment of natural beauty and human interaction with the landscape.

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