The bohemian’s wagon (1862) by Camille Pissarro

The bohemian's wagon - Camille Pissarro - 1862

Artwork Information

TitleThe bohemian's wagon
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The bohemian's wagon

“The Bohemian’s Wagon,” a work by the acclaimed artist Camille Pissarro, was created in 1862. This oil on canvas embodies the essence of the Realism movement, which Pissarro aligned with during this period of his career. This genre painting, which illustrates a slice of life scene, is part of a private collection. Reflecting Realist principles, the artwork depicts an honest and detailed account of everyday life without romanticization.

The artwork portrays a tranquil rural setting, featuring a wooden wagon parked on the left. This wagon, with its curtains drawn and side steps visible, appears to serve as a dwelling, hinted by the presence of a chimney. Adjacent to the wagon is a thatched structure, partially obscured by the wagon itself. The foreground shows an expanse of grass with a fenced area containing small chickens, while several figures—presumably denizens of the wagon—are engaged in what seem to be ordinary daily activities. A seated woman appears before the wagon, with two other individuals—one standing by the wagon and another next to the fence. Beyond the immediate vicinity, an open field with grazing livestock under a wide sky adds to the serene, pastoral atmosphere. Though executed with Realism’s characteristic attention to detail, Pissarro’s brushwork imparts a sense of immediacy and life to the scene, which is a precursor to the Impressionist style that he would later help pioneer.

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