The Garden at Pontoise (1877) by Camille Pissarro

The Garden at Pontoise - Camille Pissarro - 1877

Artwork Information

TitleThe Garden at Pontoise
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions165 x 125 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Garden at Pontoise

“The Garden at Pontoise” is an Impressionist oil on canvas artwork by Camille Pissarro, dated to 1877. The dimensions of the piece are considerable, measuring 165 by 125 cm. As a landscape genre piece, it aptly reflects the Impressionist movement’s fascination with nature and the play of light. Currently, the artwork resides in a private collection.

The artwork exemplifies Pissarro’s mastery in capturing the tranquil essence of rural life. It depicts a lush garden scene. In the forefront, the vibrant colors of blooming flowers demand attention, interspersed with verdant greenery. A woman, wearing a hat and shaded by a parasol, is seen seated on a bench, accompanied by a young child standing beside her, which adds a human element to the scene. Their relaxed postures and the peaceful surroundings convey a sense of leisure and contentment. The backdrop features a house partially obscured by trees, indicating a domestic setting. The brushwork is loose and expressive, characteristic of the Impressionist style, which sought to render the effects of light and atmosphere rather than the minute details of the subject. The sky is rendered with broad strokes of blue and white, conveying the fleeting nature of the clouds. Overall, the artwork is a celebration of nature’s beauty and the simple pleasures of a moment captured in time.

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