Acquired in Paris in 1953
The present composition is closely related to a less-finished version of this subject, catalogued in the Pissarro-Venturi catalogue raisonné as no. 1494. Pissarro was a vocal supporter who sympathized with the working people of the French countryside. The symbolism of the field workers harvesting grain had great socio-political resonance and calls to mind the paintings of his artistic predecessor, the venerable landscape painter Jean-François Millet.
During his years in Eragny, these subjects became the focal point of Pissarro’s art, and as Joachim Pissarro has observed: “His representations of these fields and gardens constitute the most spectacularly intense pictorial effort to ‘cover’ a particular given space in his career” (Joachim Pissarro, Camille Pissarro, London, 1993, p. 225).
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