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Peasant Women Carrying Kindling

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Peasant Women Carrying Kindling

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Camille Pissarro
French, 1830–1903


ca. 1896


Crayon lithograph on paper

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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.


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