The river and willows, Eragny (1888) by Camille Pissarro

The river and willows, Eragny - Camille Pissarro - 1888

Artwork Information

TitleThe river and willows, Eragny
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The river and willows, Eragny

“The River and Willows, Eragny” is a notable artwork by the Impressionist master Camille Pissarro, created in 1888 and belonging to the Impressionism art movement. This landscape painting, now held in a Private Collection, exemplifies Pissarro’s commitment to capturing the essence of nature and the play of light across various surfaces.

The artwork depicts a serene pastoral scene with a sense of tranquility and harmony with nature. In the foreground, a cattle, possibly drinking, anchors the composition, providing a focal point and a sense of scale. Alongside the cattle, a figure, perhaps a woman in a blue dress, stands gently gazing at the scene, her presence adding a human element to the landscape. The river itself meanders through the middle of the painting, reflecting the sky and willows on its calm surface. Tall willow trees line the riverbank on the right, their slender trunks and foliage rendered in quick, vibrant strokes that capture the flickering effect of light and movement. The background reveals undulating hills that recede into the distance, suggesting the vastness of the landscape beyond the immediate vicinity.

The artwork displays the characteristic loose brushwork and emphasis on the effects of light that define the Impressionist movement. By employing this style, Pissarro successfully communicates the ephemeral qualities of the natural world and the specific atmosphere of this idyllic setting.

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