Three Peasant Women (1890) by Camille Pissarro

Three Peasant Women - Camille Pissarro - 1890

Artwork Information

TitleThree Peasant Women
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Three Peasant Women

The artwork titled “Three Peasant Women” was created by Camille Pissarro in 1890. Executed as a watercolor on paper, this piece is recognized as part of the Impressionist movement. The genre of the artwork is a portrait, and it currently resides in a private collection.

Describing the artwork itself, it portrays three women in a rustic setting, likely somewhere in the countryside. To the left, one woman is depicted from behind, wearing a hat and a dress with a full skirt, hinting at a traditional or rural attire. In the center, another woman, with her body in a three-quarter pose, gestures with her right hand, as though in conversation. She appears engaged with the woman to the right, who is seated and shown in profile. The three figures are positioned close to one another, suggesting an intimate gathering or social interaction.

Pissarro’s use of loose brushstrokes and his attention to light, not focused on detail but rather on capturing the essence of the scene, are signature elements of the Impressionist style. The color palette is subdued, with earthy tones dominating, punctuated by spots of brighter colors such as the red of the central woman’s headwear. The background is washed with gentle hues of blues and greens, creating a sense of open space behind the subjects. The overall impression is one that evokes a sense of the everyday life of these peasant women, illustrating the artist’s interest in the natural world and social realism.

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