July 10, 2017
Camille Pissarro, Cows Bordering Water, c.1880, etching, 11 3/16 x 7 3/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art.
The Danish-French Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro was born on this day in 1830. A central figure of the Impressionist movement, Pissarro was the only artist to exhibit in all eight Impressionist exhibitions. He surrounded himself with progressive artists and immersed himself in the innovative world of avant-garde art. Like other Impressionists he experimented with light, color, and paint application. Pissarro painted the world as he saw it around him and is particularly known for depictions of rural life and empathetic portrayals of the proletariat class.
This artwork is an etching rather than Pissarro’s normal painting medium, but it still reflects his interest in rural scenes and depictions of everyday life.