Young Woman Washing Plates (1882) by Camille Pissarro

Young Woman Washing Plates - Camille Pissarro - 1882

Artwork Information

TitleYoung Woman Washing Plates
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions85 x 65.7 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationFitzwilliam Museum (University of Cambridge), Cambridge, UK

About Young Woman Washing Plates

The artwork “Young Woman Washing Plates” is an oil on canvas painting created by Camille Pissarro in 1882. The piece is a prime example of the Impressionist movement, characterized by its attention to the effects of light and color and its depiction of everyday life. Measuring 85 cm by 65.7 cm, this genre painting is part of the collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum affiliated with the University of Cambridge, located in Cambridge, UK.

The painting portrays a young woman engaged in the mundane task of washing plates. She stands outside, next to a table where a basin of water and stacked plates are visible. The woman is dressed in the typical attire of the era, wearing a long dress with a dark top and a lighter skirt. Her head is adorned with a white bonnet, and she appears focused on her work, embodying the essence of a serene domestic moment captured by the artist.

The setting around her is replete with soft, natural light and rich textures that bring the scene to life. The background exhibits a rural landscape with greenery, a path leading into the distance framed by a whitewashed wall, and a hint of buildings beyond. Pissarro’s signature brush strokes and vibrant palette generate a sense of liveliness and movement throughout the composition, demonstrating his mastery in rendering light and atmosphere with profound subtlety. The overall effect is one that invites viewers into a moment of tranquil daily routine, typical of Pissarro’s sensitive portrayal of peasant life.

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