The Harvest, Pontoise (La Récolte, Pontoise)

Camille Pissarro French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 961

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.

The Harvest, Pontoise (La Récolte, Pontoise), Camille Pissarro (French, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas 1830–1903 Paris), Oil on canvas

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