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Barges at Pontoise

Artist:
Camille Pissarro (French, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas 1830–1903 Paris)
Date:
1876
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
18 1/8 x 21 5/8 in. (46 x 54.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mary Cushing Fosburgh, 1978
Accession Number:
1979.135.16
Not on view
In 1876 Pissarro undertook several views of the barges that transported goods along the Oise River to the bustling port of Pontoise, the town where he lived for many years. This canvas is the only one to show the boats up close, vividly accented with bold strokes of orange and green. So free is the handling that it is difficult to discern the figure on the prow of the barge at the left. Pissarro would return to this subject two decades later, in his scenes of the port traffic in Rouen and Paris (58.133, 1980.21.1).
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): C. Pissarro. 1876
The artist, Paris (1876–d. 1903); his widow, Mme Camille (Julie Vellay) Pissarro, Paris (1904–21; by deed of gift to Ludovic Rodo Pissarro); their son, Ludovic Rodo Pissarro, Paris (from 1921); [Theodore Schempp, New York, until 1950; consigned in April to Knoedler]; [Knoedler, New York, 1950; sold in June to Fosburgh]; Mr. and Mrs. James W. Fosburgh, New York (1950–72; coll. cat. 1955, p. 70?); Mary Cushing Fosburgh, New York (1972–d. 1978)
Paris. Galerie de l'Élysée. "C. Pissarro: Tableaux, pastels, dessins," April 24–May 8, 1936, no. 7 [see Snollaerts 2005].

New York. Richard L. Feigen & Co. "Bedford Collects," May 9–June 10, 1972, no. 20.

Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art. "Landscape Painting in the East and West," April 19–June 1, 1986, no. 11.

Kobe City Museum. "Landscape Painting in the East and West," June 7–July 13, 1986, no. 11.

Naples. Museo di Capodimonte. "Capolavori Impressionisti dei Musei Americani," December 3, 1986–February 1, 1987, no. 36.

Milan. Pinacoteca di Brera. "Capolavori Impressionisti dei Musei Americani," March 4–May 10, 1987, no. 36.

Fort Lauderdale. Museum of Art. "Corot to Cézanne: 19th Century French Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," December 22, 1992–April 11, 1993, no catalogue.

Wuppertal. Von der Heydt-Museum. "Pissarro – Vater des Impressionismus," October 14, 2014–February 22, 2015, unnumbered cat. (p. 253).

Ludovic Rodo Pissarro and Lionello Venturi. Camille Pissarro, son art—son œuvre. reprint ed. 1989. Paris, 1939, vol. 1, p. 131, no. 358; vol. 2, pl. 71, no. 358.

Everett Parker Lesley, ed. Catalogue of the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. James Fosburgh. 1955, p. 70.

Anne Schirrmeister. Camille Pissarro. New York, 1982, pp. 10–11, colorpl. 17.

Charles S. Moffett. Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1985, pp. 88–89, ill. (color, overall and detail).

Richard R. Brettell with Joachim Pissarro. Pissarro and Pontoise: The Painter in a Landscape. New Haven, 1990, pp. 173, 216 n. 50, fig. 59 (color).

Roger Hurlburt. "Free Spirits." Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale) (December 20, 1992), p. 4D.

Helen Kohen. "Lasting Impressions." Miami Herald (December 20, 1992), p. 6I.

Claire Durand-Ruel Snollaerts in Joachim Pissarro and Claire Durand-Ruel Snollaerts. Pissarro: Critical Catalogue of Paintings. Milan, 2005, vol. 1, pp. 380, 400, 410, 416; vol. 2, pp. 100, 331, no. 460, ill. (color); vol. 3, pp. 953, 957.



This is one of six pictures that Pissarro painted in 1876 of the barges and factories along the banks of the Oise (Pissarro and Venturi nos. 353–58). Stylistically this work is the boldest.
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