Camille Pissarro (1830–1903): Plum Trees in Blossom, Éragny
Oil on canvas | 60 x 73 cm | 1894
Pissarro mainly dealt with the close outdoor surroundings. He was interested in showing everyday life around the family’s house, in the village or in the fields. His paintings are often picturesque in a way partly inspired by Corot and Millet.
In 1884 Pissarro and his family moved to Éragny, north-west of Paris. This motif is from the garden of the house there, and shows it bathed in a shimmering spring light. The concentration is on the play of light in the flowering fruit trees, and Pissarro has fully exploited the impact of the Impressionistic techniques.
Pissarro was the oldest of the group of Impressionist painters. He exhibited at all eight legendary Impressionist Exhibitions and came to play the role of a kind of artistic father figure to among others Gauguin. A central feature of his painting is the very consistent exploration of what could be called a classic Impressionism, only interrupted by a period at the end of the 1880s when he joined the Pointillists for a while.
Motifs: Landscapes and garden pictures, pictures of rural workers, city pictures and portraits.
Read more about Pissarro at the Musée d’Orsay’s website.