Windmill at Knokke, Belgium (1894) by Camille Pissarro

Windmill at Knokke, Belgium - Camille Pissarro - 1894

Artwork Information

TitleWindmill at Knokke, Belgium
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions54.1 x 65 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Windmill at Knokke, Belgium

The artwork, “Windmill at Knokke, Belgium,” was completed in 1894 by the artist Camille Pissarro. An exemplar of the Impressionist movement, this piece is executed using oil on canvas and measures 54.1 by 65 cm. As a landscape genre, the painting depicts a bucolic setting and is currently held in a private collection.

In the artwork, one’s gaze is immediately drawn to the robust structure of the windmill, standing tall against a softly rendered sky. It bears the characteristic sails and wooden body essential to such constructions of the era. The sky above is a dynamic mix of blues, whites, and soft grays, suggesting a breezy atmosphere, quintessential to the operation of windmills. Adjacent to the windmill, a quaint house with a vibrant orange roof nestles into the pastoral scene, its windows reflecting the tranquil light. The lush greenery abounds in various shades, adding depth and texture to the scenery, while a path in the foreground invites the viewer into the tranquil tableau. Pissarro’s brushwork is dappled and vibrant, capturing the fleeting quality of light, a hallmark of the Impressionist style. Overall, the artwork emanates a sense of peaceful rural life, harmonized with nature’s rhythms.

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