Fan Mount: The Cabbage Gatherers

Camille Pissarro French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 817

This is one of many painted fans that Pissarro began to produce with the encouragement of Degas, who envisioned a room devoted to fans at the 1879 Impressionist exhibition. While Degas favored designs showing urban entertainment, Pissarro opted for rural subjects. Here, peasant women in bright kerchiefs harvest cabbages and tend the fields. The work was among the first by the artist to be acquired by an American. Louisine Elder (later Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer) bought it in the late 1870s, along with a Degas and a Monet, launching her pioneering collection of Impressionist pictures.

Fan Mount: The Cabbage Gatherers, Camille Pissarro (French, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas 1830–1903 Paris), Gouache on silk

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