Seated Peasant Woman with Goats

Camille Pissarro French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 820

Painted in the rural hamlet of Eragny, just northwest of Paris, where Pissarro settled from 1884 until his death in 1903, this large and highly finished gouache revisits a subject that the artist had explored in a smaller oil study the previous year (private collection). Like fellow Impressionists Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt, Pissarro eschewed conventional dictates, freely alternating between canvas and paper, and exploring the potential of various media, often in novel combination. Pissarro increasingly (and often desperately) gravitated to paper at this juncture in time as a way to make progress in his art and to make ends meet.

Seated Peasant Woman with Goats, Camille Pissarro (French, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas 1830–1903 Paris), Gouache on wove paper

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