The Pond at Montfoucault (1875) by Camille Pissarro

The Pond at Montfoucault - Camille Pissarro - 1875

Artwork Information

TitleThe Pond at Montfoucault
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions73.6 x 92.7 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationBarber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, UK

About The Pond at Montfoucault

“The Pond at Montfoucault” is an artwork by Camille Pissarro completed in 1875. This painting is executed in oil on canvas and measures approximately 73.6 x 92.7 cm. It belongs to the Impressionist movement, a genre known for its focus on light, color, and the representation of natural scenes. The painting is currently housed in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham, UK, and is a landscape piece, one of the many nature-inspired scenes Pissarro is acclaimed for.

The painting depicts a rural scene capturing the serene ambiance of a pond surrounded by lush vegetation and trees exhibiting the characteristic touch of Impressionism, such as loose brushwork and attention to how light permeates the scene. The foreground features cattle drinking at the water’s edge with a woman tending to them, adding a narrative element and sense of life to the setting. In the background, we can observe ducks calmly floating on the pond. The reflections on the water surface and the play of autumnal hues on the foliage suggest not only the time of day but also the season in which the work was created. The sky is glimpse through breaks in the foliage, showing patches of blue that are reflected in the pond, providing a contrast to the warmer tones of the landscape. The overall effect is one of tranquil, bucolic beauty, inviting the viewer into Pissarro’s harmonious interpretation of the French countryside.

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