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PISSARRO, CAMILLE (pah-SAHR-o, Cah-MEAL) (1830-1903)
THE VILLAGE MARKET KRAMARSKY COLLECTION
Impressionism Date: 1882 Size: Unknown
ARTIST - Camille Pissarro worked both in Paris and the surrounding countryside. He was born in the West Indies. He came to Paris when he was 25, determined to be an artist. He was a bit older, but a good friend of the other Impressionists. He often bought their work to keep them from starving. He also let many of the young, struggling artists live on his property in the country. He was especially helpful to the young Paul Cezanne. Pissarro was highly skilled at capturing the feeling of a place through color and mood. He could make one sense the atmosphere, the time of day and season of the year. Unfortunately after 1895, his eye trouble forced him to give up working out of doors. After that, he painted many town views from windows in Paris. He was blind when he died in 1903.
PRINT - In The Village Market, Pissarro gives us a busy scene of village life. The viewer's eye is led through the busy crowd by the use of light and color. The eye first focuses on the woman in the foreground, then moves to the woman with her back to the viewer, then on to the seated woman. All these women are bathed in the same yellow light. The light takes the eye all the way to the buildings in the background. Pissarro contrasts the warm lights with cool shadowy blues. The quiet man in the foreground, almost oblivious to the bustle of the crowd, is a good contrast to the light and the movement. The figures form an overall pattern of movement through the use of light yellows, cool blues, shadowy browns and accents of red.
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