The Knocke Windmill, Belgium (c.1894 – c.1902) by Camille Pissarro

The Knocke Windmill, Belgium - Camille Pissarro - c.1894 - c.1902

Artwork Information

TitleThe Knocke Windmill, Belgium
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Datec.1894 - c.1902
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Knocke Windmill, Belgium

The artwork titled “The Knocke Windmill, Belgium,” was created by the artist Camille Pissarro approximately between 1894 and 1902. This oil on canvas landscape painting is a part of the Impressionist movement, a style characterized by an emphasis on light and movement through the use of brushwork and color. Despite the significance of the piece, it currently resides in a private collection, away from public exhibition.

In “The Knocke Windmill, Belgium,” Pissarro depicts a bucolic scene with a traditional windmill dominating the center of the composition. The windmill’s sails appear stationary, suggesting a moment of calm or the cessation of work. Its wooden structure stands tall amidst the surrounding buildings, which include a church tower in the background further enriching the rural landscape. The foreground features figures in period dress – a pair with a horse cart, suggesting the daily activities of the local inhabitants. Brushstrokes are visible and dynamic, with lush greens, earthy browns, and a sky rendered in soft shades of purple and blue, capturing the atmospheric conditions and lighting typical of Impressionist paintings. The overall effect transports the viewer to a moment of pastoral serenity at the turn of the 20th century.

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