Camille Pissarro (French, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas 1830–1903 Paris)
Oil on canvas
18 x 15 in. (45.7 x 38.1 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rodgers, 1964
Not on view
Pissarro spent a good deal of summer and autumn 1893 at Éragny. This picture, like many done in the early 1890s, shows the lasting effect of the Pointillist style he had adopted in the mid-1880s.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower left): C.Pissarro.93
[Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1893–97; bought from the artist December 16 for Fr 1,200; stock no. 2887; sold March 30, 1897 to Durand-Ruel, New York]; [Durand-Ruel, New York, 1897–1956; stock no. 1795; sold in April 1956 to Salz]; [Sam Salz, New York, 1956; sold in May to Rodgers]; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rodgers, New York (1956–64; his life interest, 1964–d. 1972; her life interest, 1964–d. 1992)
Paris. Galeries Durand-Ruel. "Exposition Camille Pissarro," March 3–21, 1894, no. 29 (as "Laveuse," lent by M. Durand-Ruel).
Copley Hall, Copley Society of Boston. "Loan Collection of Pictures of Fair Children," 1901, no. 103 (as "Laveuse," lent by Messrs. Durand-Ruel, New York, possibly this picture) [see Snollaerts 2005].
Hartford. Wadsworth Atheneum. "Music Makers," July 9–August 9, 1959, no. 12 (as "Washerwoman at Eragny," lent by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rodgers).
New York. Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University. "Changes in Perspective: 1880–1925," May 2–June 2, 1978, unnumbered cat. (p. 10).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Neo-Impressionism: The Circle of Paul Signac," October 1–December 31, 2001, no catalogue.
Camille Pissarro. Letters to Lucien Pissarro. October 16 and December 15, 1893 [published in Janine Bailly-Herzberg, ed., "Correspondance de Camille Pissarro: Tome 3 / 1891–1894," Paris, 1988, pp. 386–87, no. 949, p. 410, no. 971], possibly refers to it as the "Femme au baquet" shown to Portier; later lists it as "Laveuse," sold for Fr 1,200 [to Durand-Ruel].
Ludovic Rodo Pissarro and Lionello Venturi. Camille Pissarro, son art—son œuvre. reprint ed. 1989. Paris, 1939, vol. 1, p. 201, no. 861; vol. 2, pl. 176, no. 861.
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 3, XIX–XX Centuries. New York, 1967, p. 19, ill.
Anne Schirrmeister. Camille Pissarro. New York, 1982, pp. 14–15, colorpl. 11, cites it as an example of Pissarro's renewed interest in the figure in his late works; calls this scene a type of domestic "hortus conclusus"; remarks that the peasant "exemplifies Pissarro's ideal of the quiet joy and dignity of manual labor".
Claire Durand-Ruel Snollaerts in Joachim Pissarro and Claire Durand-Ruel Snollaerts. Pissarro: Critical Catalogue of Paintings. Milan, 2005, vol. 1, pp. 364–65, 392, 423; vol. 2, p. 308; vol. 3, pp. 653, 954, 958, no. 1010, ill. (color), notes that the theme of a woman washing clothes in a large wooden tub occurs in eight Pissarro paintings, including this one.