The Quarry, Pontoise (c.1875) by Camille Pissarro

The Quarry, Pontoise - Camille Pissarro - c.1875

Artwork Information

TitleThe Quarry, Pontoise
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions58 x 72.5 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationRudolph Staechelin Family Foundation, Basel, Switzerland

About The Quarry, Pontoise

“The Quarry, Pontoise” is an Impressionist oil painting on canvas by Camille Pissarro, created around 1875. The dimensions of the artwork are 58 by 72.5 centimeters, and it can currently be found in the collection of the Rudolph Staechelin Family Foundation in Basel, Switzerland. The genre of the artwork is landscape, which was a prevalent subject for artists of the Impressionist movement.

The artwork depicts a rural scene with a tranquil atmosphere, characteristic of Pissarro’s landscapes. It showcases an open quarry in the midst of verdant countryside, the earthy tones of the excavation contrasting with the surrounding greenery. The brushwork is loose and expressive, capturing the essence of the scene with swift strokes that convey the play of light and shadow. The composition is balanced between the organic forms of trees and shrubs, and the human intervention represented by the quarry. A solitary figure, likely a worker, is visible in the midground, lending scale to the expanse of the natural environment. The sky bears gentle streaks of blue and white, hinting at a pleasant day.

This artwork exemplifies the Impressionist pursuit of rendering outdoor scenes with an immediacy that captures the ephemeral qualities of light and atmosphere. Through this approach, Pissarro successfully communicates a sense of the everyday life and work in the landscape of Pontoise, a subject that held enduring fascination for him throughout his career.

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