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Girl with a Rod - Camille Pissarro. 81x65
In the early eighties, a new direction, the technique of which Pissarro repeatedly used in his work, is finally approved. Since 1875, the artist has been trying to prove that he is not an orthodox landscape painter as he was during the first twenty-five years of his creative life, but an experimenter who is trying to completely transgress or at least change the foundations of impressionistic technique.
To this end, on the advice of Degas, he turns to completely different materials, uses gouache, pastel, lithography and etching. The graphic technique forces him to work in the studio, due to which he gradually loses contact with wildlife, and for an impressionist artist, communication with nature is of paramount importance. The figures of people to whom the artist had not found a place in his landscapes until this time become almost the main ones. Now nature is just a backdrop for the presentation of the main motive, whether it be women working on a farm or girls who indulge in dreams. In these paintings, poses are frankly borrowed from Millet, although, unlike him, Pissarro does not idealize the villagers, in his paintings there is neither elevation nor monumentality. On the contrary, the first, second and third plans are as close as possible to each other, as if merged together, which in a certain way limits the depth of the picture and the expressiveness of the plot within the framework of compressed expressiveness.
Famous painting Girl with a rod - one of the most important in the work of Pissarro. The perspective and, at the same time, the proximity of the object are compositional features characteristic of Degas' works, which Pissarro admired so much. The girl’s pensive face, slight tilt of the head, peace and tranquility - this, one way or another, resembles figures from paintings by Millet or Renoir.