The Harvest, Pontoise (La Récolte, Pontoise)

Camille Pissarro French

The theme of potato gathering recurs in Pissarro’s oeuvre in a number of media—pencil, gouache, oil, and prints—over a period of thirty years. The artist is borrowing a subject from the great Barbizon painter Camille Corot, while anticipating the more staccato, broken brushwork of later artists such as Georges Seurat. In the Lehman Collection painting, Pissarro’s treatment of harvesters in Pontoise is carefully structured, while remaining expressive in tone and brushwork.

Not on view

Public Domain

Object Details

Artist: Camille Pissarro (French, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas 1830–1903 Paris)

Date: 1881

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 18 1/8 x 21 3/4 in. (46 x 55.2 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Robert Lehman Collection, 1975

Accession Number: 1975.1.197

Inscription: Signed and dated (lower left): C.Pissarro.81.
Acquired from the artist by the Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, before 1886; sold by the Durand-Ruel Gallery, New York, to Erwin Davis, New York; bought back from Erwin Davis by the Durand-Ruel Gallery, New York, May 15, 1901 (as Récolte des pommes de terre); bought from the Durand-Ruel Gallery, New York, by Mrs. H. O. Havermeyer (died 1929), New York, January 10, 1913; by descent to her son, Horace Havemeyer, New York, 1929 until 1948; consigned by Horace Havemeyer to M. Knoedler & Co., New York, September 20, 1948; acquired from Horace Havemeyer, through M. Knoedler & Co., New York, by Robert Lehman, Port Washington, New York, November 15, 1948.