Woman Digging (1883) by Camille Pissarro

Woman Digging - Camille Pissarro - 1883

Artwork Information

TitleWoman Digging
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions46.3 x 38.1 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Woman Digging

The artwork “Woman Digging” was created by the artist Camille Pissarro in 1883. This painting is executed in oil on canvas, measuring 46.3 x 38.1 cm, and it belongs to the Impressionism movement. As a genre painting, it depicts a scene from everyday life, and it is currently held in a private collection.

In “Woman Digging,” we observe a lone female figure, bent over her task in the midst of a verdant landscape. She grasps a spade with both hands, indicating she is engaged in the physical labor of digging. Her attire is simple yet functional, suitable for her agrarian work, with a headcloth that suggests protection from the elements. The brushwork is characteristically impressionistic, with quick, expressive strokes that convey the transient effects of light and color. Pissarro’s use of bright, outdoor hues reflects the sunlight that saturates the scene, further emphasizing the impressionist preoccupation with the natural world and its changing conditions.

The background of the artwork is suffused with varied shades of green, punctuated by the subtle touches of blooming colors, evoking a sense of lush surroundings. As typical of Pissarro’s work, there is an intimate connection between the subject and her environment, celebrating rural labor and the beauty of the countryside. The woman’s pose and the angle of her body capture a moment in time, a snapshot of her ongoing effort, which, along with the vivid setting, invites viewers to appreciate the harmony of human activity within the serenity of nature.

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