The Poultry Market (1885) by Camille Pissarro

The Poultry Market - Camille Pissarro - 1885

Artwork Information

TitleThe Poultry Market
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism

About The Poultry Market

The artwork “The Poultry Market” was created by artist Camille Pissarro in the year 1885. This piece is considered a genre painting within the Impressionist movement, a style characterized by its emphasis on capturing the effects of light and movement, as well as depicting scenes from everyday life with a sense of immediacy and vivacity.

In “The Poultry Market,” the canvas is filled with the colorful bustle of a public market scene. The artist has employed a palette rich in earthy tones and softer hues to evoke a sense of the lively atmosphere typical of such a locale. Central to the artwork are the figures of the market-goers—men and women engaged in the act of buying and selling, dressed in the attire of the time, which offers a peek into the fashion and social nuances of the period. The brushwork is loose and expressive, a hallmark of the Impressionist technique, adding to the feeling of spontaneity and the fleeting nature of the moment captured.

The figures are rendered with varying degrees of detail, the focus being on their collective presence rather than individual portraiture. Pissarro has orchestrated a scene rich in human interaction, showcasing the communal aspect of the market—a place not just for commerce but for social exchange as well. The background structures and vegetation are integrated into the scene with a harmonious blend of colors, suggesting a setting that is deeply integrated into the lives of its inhabitants. This painting not only offers a visual delight but also serves as a historic document, reflecting the rhythms of everyday life in the late 19th century.

Other Artwork from Camille Pissarro

More Impressionism Artwork

Scroll to Top