The Harvest of Hay in Eragny (1887) by Camille Pissarro

The Harvest of Hay in Eragny - Camille Pissarro - 1887

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TitleThe Harvest of Hay in Eragny
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementPointillism,Neo-Impressionism
Current LocationVan Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

About The Harvest of Hay in Eragny

“The Harvest of Hay in Eragny” is a work by Camille Pissarro, created in the year 1887. The artwork is crafted using oil on canvas and is associated with the Pointillism and Neo-Impressionism movements, showcasing the genre painting style that Pissarro was known for. This painting is part of the collection at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The artwork presents a bucolic scene encapsulating the essence of rural life during the late 19th century. It depicts several figures in the midst of harvesting hay. The composition is alive with movement; individuals are seen raking and stacking hay into large conical stacks under the expansive sky. Pissarro’s use of vibrant color and light plays a crucial role in translating the heat of the season and the tangible weight of physical labor onto the canvas.

Drawing on the techniques of pointillism, the painting is composed of numerous small, distinct dots of color applied in patterns to form an image, a technique that contributes to the textured quality of the work. The scene is infused with a sense of harmony and timeless rhythm, characteristic of the labor-intensive agriculture of the era. Through his portrayal of peasant life, Pissarro provides a window into the humble and enduring practices that shaped the rural landscapes of his time.

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