Thursday, 21 February 2013

Camille Pissarro Pastel

West Indies, Virgin Islands 1830- 1903 Paris, France (French)

Figure of a Peasant Woman

Original Hand Signed Pastel Drawing on paper

Paper Size: 62 x 40.5 cm / 24.4 x 15.9 in

This amazing pastel drawing by the French Impressionist artist Pissarro is one of the galleries most recent acquisitions and is on display in our gallery in Hampstead at the moment. This stunning work is simplistic yet incredibly striking. With her bright blue skirt and yellow bonnet, this peasant woman has been transformed into a soft and sensuous figure, with rosy cheeks and gentle pastel strokes to help emphasize the naturalistic beauty of the figure. The rapid pastel work also helps to highlight the idea of the woman being captured instantaneously, in a fluid motion and caught unawares going about her daily chores.

Collection Anneberg, USA. Walter Annenberg, an American philanthropist and his wife Leonore Annenberg were avid collectors of art and collected a large amount of French Impressionist works during their lifetimes. Many pieces from the collection are now housed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

"The Impressionists, Camille Pissarro"by Charles Kunstler,Gruppo Editoriale Fabbri,Milan 1972. Edited by Daniel Wildenstein Produced with the collaboration of Widenstein Foundation,Paris. illustrated in page 36.

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