The Cowherd (c.1883 – c.1888) by Camille Pissarro

The Cowherd - Camille Pissarro - c.1883 - c.1888

Artwork Information

TitleThe Cowherd
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Datec.1883 - c.1888
Dimensions25.3 x 31.2 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Cowherd

“The Cowherd” is an artwork by Camille Pissarro, dating from around 1883 to 1888. The piece is representative of the Impressionism movement and is considered a genre painting. It measures 25.3 x 31.2 cm and is currently held in a private collection.

In the artwork, one can observe a pastoral scene characterized by broad, loose brushstrokes that capture the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere, which are hallmarks of Impressionist painting. The foreground is dominated by a cow standing amidst a field of vibrant green, suggesting the freshness of the outdoors. To the right, a figure that appears to be a cowherd is seated, rendered in a thoughtful repose, suggesting a sense of tranquility and connection with nature. The background is somewhat indistinct, blending trees and sky in a harmonious palette that emphasizes the impression of a serene, rural environment. The use of color and light is dynamic, creating a sense of depth and motion that invites the viewer to experience the scene as though it were a transient moment captured by the artist’s keen observation.

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