Winter at Montfoucault 2 (1875) by Camille Pissarro

Winter at Montfoucault 2 - Camille Pissarro - 1875

Artwork Information

TitleWinter at Montfoucault 2
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions46 x 56 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Winter at Montfoucault 2

The artwork “Winter at Montfoucault 2” was created by Camille Pissarro in 1875. This oil on canvas painting measures 46 x 56 cm and belongs to the Impressionism movement. The genre of this piece is landscape, and currently, it resides in a private collection.

The artwork vividly captures a rural winter scene. A notable feature is the depiction of snow, which covers the ground and clings to the branches of the leafless trees, creating a stark yet delicate contrast against the subdued winter sky. The painting employs a palette dominated by whites and blues, with subtle touches of warmer hues suggesting the presence of buildings or possibly vegetation beneath the blanket of snow. The composition is anchored by the strong vertical lines of the trees contrasted with the horizontal flow of a meandering stream, perhaps partially frozen, reflecting the grey light from above.

In the foreground, the figure of a person appears, oriented away from the viewer, moving along the snow-clad path that follows the stream. The figure’s inclusion adds a sense of scale and liveliness to the otherwise quiet and still natural landscape. Pissarro’s use of loose, expressive brushstrokes is true to the Impressionist style, seeking to capture the fleeting qualities of light and atmosphere rather than rendering a meticulously detailed image. This piece epitomizes Pissarro’s contribution to and exploration of the Impressionist movement, reflecting his fascination with the nuances of natural light and his love for the French rural landscape.

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