The Little Country Maid (1882) by Camille Pissarro

The Little Country Maid - Camille Pissarro - 1882

Artwork Information

TitleThe Little Country Maid
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions62.5 x 53 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationTate Britain, London, UK

About The Little Country Maid

“The Little Country Maid” is an artwork by Camille Pissarro, rendered in oil on canvas and dated to the year 1882. It represents the Impressionist movement, a genre that embraced the play of light and candid compositions, and is categorized under the portrait genre. The artwork measures 62.5 by 53 centimeters and is housed at Tate Britain, London, UK.

In this artwork, Pissarro has captured a domestic scene with vivid and textured brushstrokes characteristic of the Impressionist style. The painting depicts a young girl engaged in the simple task of sweeping the floor. The scene is intimate, set within the confines of a warmly lit kitchen or dining area. The young maid is dressed in common attire of the period, with a full-length apron covering her dress.

While she is focused on her work, a child is seated at a round table nearby, suggesting the activity is set within a home where the maid is possibly attending to chores while also caring for the children. The furnishings are minimal, with a few chairs and a picture hanging on the wall, conveying an unassuming yet comforting domesticity.

Pissarro’s application of color and light lends the composition an air of tranquility. The way light filters into the room and interacts with the surfaces and the subjects enhances the portrayal of a candid moment in everyday life. The artist’s masterful technique not only conveys the physical textures but also invokes a sense of the socio-economic context and the simplicity of rural life in the 19th century.

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