Woman Carrying a Pitcher on Her Head (c.1854 – c.1855) by Camille Pissarro

Woman Carrying a Pitcher on Her Head - Camille Pissarro - c.1854 - c.1855

Artwork Information

TitleWoman Carrying a Pitcher on Her Head
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Datec.1854 - c.1855
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationE.G. Bührle Foundation, Zürich, Switzerland

About Woman Carrying a Pitcher on Her Head

The artwork entitled “Woman Carrying a Pitcher on Her Head” is a creation by the artist Camille Pissarro dated from around 1854 to 1855. This oil on canvas is a fine example of the Realism art movement, specifically within the genre painting category. The work is part of the collection of the E.G. Bührle Foundation, located in Zürich, Switzerland.

The artwork captures a moment in the daily life of a woman who is portrayed in a sunlit landscape, balancing a hefty clay pitcher atop her head. She is standing prominently in the foreground, dressed in a simple white blouse and a dark, long skirt that contrasts sharply with the arid, earthy tones of her surroundings. Draped around her shoulders is a scarf with warm shades, adding a touch of color that draws the viewer’s eye to her face. The woman’s gaze is directed toward the viewer with an expression that reflects her resilience and the weight of her task. In the background, under a vast expanse of open sky, a figure can be glimpsed in the distance, following a path that seems to mirror the laborious journey the central figure undertakes. Through Pissarro’s adept use of brushwork and light, the artwork offers a window into the everyday struggles and the unembellished reality faced by individuals of his time.

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