Camille Pissarro

French, born Saint Thomas, 1830-1903

Paysans dans les champs, Éragny (Peasants in the Fields, Éragny)

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Paysans dans les champs, Éragny (Peasants in the Fields, Éragny), 1890

Artwork Details

Collection Highlight

Materials

oil on canvas

Measurements

support: 25 3/8 x 31 5/8 inches (64.45 x 80.33 cm); framed: 33 15/16 x 40 3/8 x 4 5/8 inches (86.2 x 102.55 x 11.75 cm)

Collection Buffalo AKG Art Museum

Credit

Gift of A. Conger Goodyear, 1940

Accession ID

1940:20

Later in his career, Camille Pissarro was deeply affected by Georges Seurat’s theories and techniques. The two first met in 1885, and the influence between them was mutual. Peasants in the Fields, Éragny demonstrates Pissarro’s brief experimentation with Pointillism, which Seurat helped to develop. Artists using this technique cover their canvases in distinct dots of color, rather than in large patches of paint, to create an image that visually coheres at a distance. In 1884 Pissarro purchased a country home in Éragny, northwest of Paris. He often painted the surrounding area, focusing on the subject of rural life. In this work, Pissarro conscientiously applied each mark of paint, creating shadows using deep blue, violet, green, and orange. This simple scene, reminiscent of his earlier works from Montfoucault, is warmed by sentiment for his subject matter as much as the sunshine Pissarro so vividly suggests.

Label from Humble and Human: An Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., February 2–May 26, 2019

Post-impressionism