Camille Pissarro - Hay Stacks

Artist: Camille Pissarro
Title: Hay Stacks
Nationality: French/Danish (1830-1903)
Medium: Watercolor on Paper
Dimensions: 12″ x 8″

Camille Pissarro – (1830-1903)- Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter born on the island of St Thomas. His importance resides in his contributions to both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Escaping the bourgeois trappings of the family business in the West Indies, Pissarro settled in Paris, studying from great forerunners including Gustave Courbet. Early on he was strongly attracted to the work of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and eventually he was taught informally by him. He began to attend private classes at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1856, and in 1861 he registered as a copyist at the Louvre. He also attended the Académie Suisse, a “free studio,” where he met future Impressionists Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, and Armand. Through Monet he also met Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley. A supportive friend and mentor to influential artists, he was described by many who knew him as “Father Pissarro.” Corot urged him to paint from nature and Pissarro spent time in rural areas such as Montmorency, La Roche-Guyon and Pointoise. Focusing on landscapes, any figures are usually viewed from the back as shown in the pastel on paper, Jeune Paysanne (young peasant), depicts the bucolic bliss of the simple chore of airing the laundry, reminding us not to underestimate the quiet moments in life. Unlike the silvery tones of Corot, Pissarro was drawn to a blonde and green tonality. Hay Mound, a watercolor on paper, is a splendid example of this with the larger-than-life hay mound dwarfing the sleepy village in the background.

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