The Meadow at Eragny (1894) by Camille Pissarro

The Meadow at Eragny - Camille Pissarro - 1894

Artwork Information

TitleThe Meadow at Eragny
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions64.5 x 81.3 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationFred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (University of Oklahoma), Norman, OK, US

About The Meadow at Eragny

“The Meadow at Eragny” is a landscape painting by the Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro, created in 1894. It is executed in oil on canvas, showcasing the characteristic brushwork and light of the Impressionist movement. The artwork measures 64.5 x 81.3 centimeters and is currently housed at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, located within the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK, USA.

The artwork presents a serene pastoral scene set in Eragny, a locale that often inspired Pissarro’s work during this period. A meadow, in the midst of spring with blossoms emerging on trees, stretches across the canvas. The meadow is dotted with fruit trees, and their twisted forms suggest the influence of the natural environment on their growth. A soft palette of greens, yellows, and purples contribute to the gentle atmosphere of the scene, capturing the essence of spring’s renewal.

In the foreground, a figure can be observed, likely engaged in a simple countryside task, effortlessly blended into the rural setting. This figure is painted with quick, delicate brushstrokes that echo the transient effect of light and shadow, reinforcing the immediacy of the scene. The middle ground reveals the lush meadow, while the background features buildings and trees, which add depth and context to the rural landscape. The sky, filled with subtle shades of lavender and white, reflects the variability of early spring weather.

Pissarro’s application of color and light emphasizes the temporal characteristics of the setting and engages viewers with a sense of the moment, a hallmark of Impressionist art. The mix of detail and abstraction invites the audience to experience the scene as though they were present in the landscape, extracting the beauty of the ordinary world through Pissarro’s empathetic vision.

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