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Peasant Women Carrying Kindling

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Peasant Women Carrying Kindling

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Camille Pissarro
French, 1830–1903

Date

ca. 1896

Medium

Crayon lithograph on paper

Accession #

57.44

Dimensions

8 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Camille Pissarro made this lithograph, showing women carrying bundles of sticks through a rural setting, for the French anarchist journal Les Temps nouveaux (The New Times). The politically active Pissarro felt that such idyllic views of pastoral subjects effectively countered the prevailing middle class and its materialistic values.

Dressed in simple clothing, the peasants subtly represent the virtues of an honest day’s labor and stand in contrast to France’s increasing industrialization. At the bottom of the sheet, Pissarro inscribed the print to his friend and fellow artist Joseph Delattre.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Lawrence and Alfred Fox Foundation for the Ralph K. Uhry Collection

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