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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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In 1881, Camille Pissarro painted the Harvest, Pontoise. The art and craft industry well received this painting. Pissarro loved painting village scenes, and this one depicted the agriculture side of the village.

The painting shows three people on the front part of the art, and they are harvesting. They are putting the produce in bags. Another person is seen on the other side of the field. The painting shows the rich side of the country. The Harvest, Pontoise is very conspicuous as the green colour used was so beautiful. The blue colour used to paint the sky brought a good contrast with the white colour used to depict the clouds. The painting has trees, the plants being harvested, and grass. Some parts of the grass have been slashed.

Shrubs and lower plans are also seen in the field. This shows that this field was diverse. A house is seen in between the trees meaning that people live around the area. The plants being harvested were reported to be potatoes as they were a common food in the area. Pissarro appreciated his culture that he wanted the whole world to see it. The concept of the painting was inspired by Camille Corot, who loved drawing landscapes and pictures of the farm. Pissarro loved those paintings that he decided to try. Fortunately, the challenge went well because the Harvest, Pontoise is one of the most appreciated landscape arts.

The brushwork of the art was inspired by Georges Seurat, who loved the expressive and broken brushwork tone. This can be seen in Pissarro's work, and he managed to bring it out in a fantastic manner. The Harvest Pontoise has dimensions of 46 cm × 55.2 cm (18 in × 21.7 in). Its medium is oil on canvas. The French farmers harvesting the potatoes showed the hard work of the country. It also showed that French workers value teamwork. This work was appreciated by many artists, especially those who were transforming to the impressionism style.

The Harvest, Pontoise showed the industry that the rural side also has better scenes which can produce a good painting. Many artists by that time were traveling to Paris to draw modern pictures. Pissarro stated doing modern paintings later, but he appreciated the village scene. They showed originality, and it made many people want to travel to the rural areas of Paris. The painting is slanting, bringing out a beautiful view of the landscape.

Pissarro received his inspiration from the works of Gustave Courbet and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. He loved the neo-impressionism style brought out by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. Many people in the art industry have appreciated his work. Many people look up to him in the art field. His work is used in art classes to teach the concepts and styles of painting. The Harvest, Pontoise is a fantastic painting which is usually mentioned when talking about landscape painting. This art is found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Harvest, Pontoise Camille Pissarro