Workers in the Fields (c.1896 – c.1897) by Camille Pissarro

Workers in the Fields - Camille Pissarro - c.1896 - c.1897

Artwork Information

TitleWorkers in the Fields
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Datec.1896 - c.1897
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Workers in the Fields

The artwork titled “Workers in the Fields” is a creation of the artist Camille Pissarro, dated between circa 1896 and 1897. It is rendered in watercolor on paper and is an embodiment of the Impressionist art movement. Classified as a genre painting, which typically depicts scenes of everyday life, it is housed in a private collection.

In the artwork, the viewer observes a pastoral scene of agricultural labor. Two figures are captured in the act of working the land, one stands in the foreground with arms outstretched, perhaps engaging in an activity such as sowing, though the precise nature of the work is open to interpretation due to the loose impressionistic brushwork. This figure is clad in a long blue garment which contrasts with the greenery of the field. Behind, likely a companion, the second figure is bent over the earth, suggesting a sense of movement and toil.

The background extends into a vast open landscape, characterized by low rolling horizon with haystacks that punctuate the field, imbuing the scene with rural tranquility. The sky is a tapestry of expressive brushstrokes, conveying the fleeting, soft light typical of Impressionist works, perhaps signaling a gentle weather that oversees the laborer’s day. Through the masterful interplay of natural light and color, Pissarro captures the transient qualities of the moment, which is a hallmark of the Impressionist style.

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