The Harvest (1882) by Camille Pissarro

The Harvest - Camille Pissarro - 1882

Artwork Information

TitleThe Harvest
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions70.3 x 126 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationArtizon Museum, Tokyo, Japan

About The Harvest

“The Harvest” by Camille Pissarro is a pastel on paper created in 1882, exemplary of the Impressionism movement. This genre painting measures 70.3 cm by 126 cm and resides at the Artizon Museum in Tokyo, Japan. The artwork delicately captures a rural scene dominated by the labor and toil associated with agricultural practices.

In the artwork, the soft yet vibrant strokes of pastel capture the essence of the harvest season. The composition is alive with movement and color, depicting several figures engaged in the act of gathering crops. The central figure in the forefront, a woman with a red-patterned headscarf, is meticulously rendered with close attention to detail, emphasizing the physicality of her task.

Around her, the landscape is dotted with other workers bent over the land, suggesting a rhythm to their collective labor. In the distance, the presence of a village or farmstead, along with a line of trees marking the horizon, situates the scene within a wider rural setting. The overarching sense is one of harmony between the workers and their environment, a recurring theme in Pissarro’s work which often celebrates the everyday heroism of the peasant class. The artwork embodies the Impressionist penchant for capturing the transient effects of light and color, resulting in a visual narrative that is at once momentary and timeless.

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