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Camille Pissarro
Ploughed Land. 1874

The landscape was painted in the year of the opening of the First Exhibition of Impressionist Artists in Paris. The prevalent colours here are still browns and greys, as in the Barbizon School, but one can already see the new Impressionist technique clearly. Form is moulded by small separate strokes of colour. In this subdued landscape of the outskirts of Pontoise the artist has included a plough left in the field. Ploughed Land is a direct dialogue with the painting of Jean-François Millet: both the plough and the bare trees have a direct analogy in the landscapes of the "clever peasant". Unlike his predecessor, however, Pissarro shifts the emphasis to conveying light and air and the image of a spring morning becomes the main element here.

Camille Pissarro