12 of the Most Famous Paintings by Camille Pissarro

Famous Paintings by Camille Pissarro

These are the 12 most famous paintings by Camille Pissarro. Born in 1830, as a young man, Camille Pissarro started to experiment with art, eventually assisting in shaping the Impressionist style with his friends, including Claude Monet and Edgar Degas. Pissarro became an Impressionist painter and printmaker and a member of the Post-Impressionist movement, being a major figure, till his death in Paris in 1903.

The Boulevard Montmartre at Night (1897)

The Boulevard Montmartre at Night is one of the most famous paintings by Camille Pissarro, depicting Paris’ bright fresh start as the center of European architecture and city planning after Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann’s famous city-wide reconstruction. This painting is a representation of a Parisian street, including all of its essential features. “The Boulevard Montmartre at Night” is widely regarded as the most famous night scene painting ever made.

The Boulevard Montmartre on a Winter Morning (1897)

This painting depicts the crowded Parisian boulevard, which is seen from Pissarro’s hotel room on the second floor. It was a cold winter morning, and people were out walking. “The Boulevard Montmartre on a Winter Morning” is a historical moment that captures the city’s increasing liveliness at the beginning of the 20th century. It gives the sense of a world constantly in motion.

Two Young Peasant Women (1881-1882)

This painting depicts two young peasant women taking a break from their work in an open field near Pissarro’s residence in Éragny. Although some brighter colors are used in certain places, the majority of the painting is in pastel colors. This is a hugely famous painting in the Impressionist style, where these workers dominate the landscape scene due to their size, position, grace, and dignity. 

Portrait of Felix Pissarro (1881)

This is a portrait of Felix Pissarro, Pissarro’s third son, who was ordered to sit still for an extended period. Felix sat for several portraits of his father, but this is the most well-known. He went on to become a painter and cartoonist in his own right, working under the name Jean Roch.

Young Peasant at Her Toilette (1888)

This is a painting of a young woman standing and washing her long hair in a bathroom. “Young Peasant at Her Toilette” is painted in Pointillism and Neo-Impressionism styles. Small strokes or dots of color were applied to a surface in such a way that they mixed from a distance, which makes the painting look interesting. 

Self-Portrait with Hat (1903)

This is Pissarro’s fourth and final self-portrait, which he created in his Place Dauphine apartment, which overlooks the Pont Neuf. He presented himself as intelligent and mature, with a small attitude of power and control. “Self-Portrait with Hat” was painted using rapid and thick brushstrokes in a typical Impressionist style.

Entrance to the Village of Voisins (1872)

This is a painting of a view of Voisin’s, a village in Paris’s southwest suburbs. Trees are painted on both sides of the road, and a horse carrying a wagon is painted in the middle. As the leaves are not out, this shows a peaceful and beautiful spring day. This painting captures village life and sympathy for peasant life.

Peasants’ houses, Eragny (1887)

This is a painting of a peasant’s house in Eragny, France. “Peasants’ houses, Eragny” is one of the few pointillist paintings created by Pissarro, who only utilized this style for about four years (1884–88). The artist’s style in the painting is evident in his use of bright colors to contrast light and shade. 

Sunset at Eragny (1890)

One of the more famous paintings by Camille Pissarro, this picture depicts a flat landscape with a low horizon, a row of trees, and a sky tinted yellow by the sun’s last rays. The trees are the main subject of the painting. The actual green of the trees can be seen in the horizontal shadows created on the ground in front of them. This was one of Pissarro’s late landscape paintings. 

Apple-Picking (1886)

This is a painting of three women picking apples under the shade of a tree. This painting was created during the neo-impressionist movement. It provides a structure in which the entire view is clearly seen from an angle that covers the sky. There are three different paintings of this same subject.

Bath Road, Chiswick (1897)

This is a painting of a newly constructed garden suburb in Bath Road, Chiswick, London, where Camille and her husband Lucien resided while he was recovering from a stroke. Their daughters, Esther and Orovida, were playing in front of the garden. This is an unfinished painting, particularly in the foreground. Several paintings were made of the front and back of the house where they resided in Bath Road.

Hay Harvest at Éragny (1901)

This artwork depicts women harvesting in the French village of Éragny on the River Epte. Pissarro’s placement of the women creates a feeling of rhythm and continuity in the foreground of the painting. Rather than being a landscape, the painting’s focus is on women agricultural laborers, which is comparable to Van Gogh’s painting “The Potato Eaters.”

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