The Red House (1873) by Camille Pissarro

The Red House - Camille Pissarro - 1873

Artwork Information

TitleThe Red House
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPortland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, US

About The Red House

“The Red House” is an artwork by Camille Pissarro, dated 1873, and is a representative piece of the Impressionism movement, categorically a cityscape. This painting is currently housed at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon, United States.

The artwork presents a tranquil rural scene dominated by a red-roofed house on the left, which lends the painting its title. The prominence of the house in the composition is balanced by a larger, paler structure situated to the right. The horizon is low, allowing for an expansive sky that is rendered with soft, dynamic brushstrokes, characteristic of the Impressionist style, which captures the ever-changing nature of the atmosphere. The foreground is an expanse of field with dabs of color suggesting wildflowers, creating a tapestry of natural hues that lead the viewer’s eye toward the central structures. Small figures can be observed in the middle distance, adding a sense of scale and everyday life to the scene. The light, likely indicative of a bright day, shapes the scene with subtle shadows and plays across the buildings and foliage, giving the painting a sense of warmth and vivacity. Overall, Pissarro’s work exemplifies the Impressionist fascination with light, color, and ordinary life.

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