The Public Garden at Pontoise

Camille Pissarro French

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Pissarro’s paintings of the mid-1870s are largely devoted to the fields and roads near his home in Pontoise. Here, he turned to a more urban subject, of the type favored by colleagues such as Monet and Renoir: the town’s public garden. The view across the Montmorency plain toward Paris may be glimpsed at left, beyond the spire of Pontoise's Notre-Dame church. But rather than emphasizing the vista, Pissarro focused on the park’s terraces, populated by well-dressed bourgeois and their children. He exhibited a similar scene, painted the year previously (State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg), at the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874.

The Public Garden at Pontoise, Camille Pissarro (French, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas 1830–1903 Paris), Oil on canvas

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