Lot 44
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Camille Pissarro

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Description

  • Camille Pissarro
  • La Maison des anglais, Éragny
  • Signed C. Pissarro (lower left)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 16 1/8 by 13 1/8 in
  • 41 by 33.4 cm

Provenance

Paul Rousseau, Gisors (gift from the artist in 1902)

Césarine Bellavoine, Paris

Galeries Georges Petit, Paris

Acquired from the above by Christian Otto Zieseniss on December 1, 1929

Literature

Ludovic-Rodo Pissarro & Lionello Venturi, Camille Pissarro, son art - son oeuvre, Paris, 1939, vol. I, no. 1264

Joachim Pissarro & Claire Durand-Ruel Snollaerts, Pissarro, Catalogue critique des peintures, vol. III, Paris, 2005,  no. 1465, illustrated p. 891

Catalogue Note

The environs of Pissarro's home in Éragny were frequently depicted in his landscapes, and the present work features the red-brick house of his next-door-neighbor as seen from the artist's garden.  The wall in the middle-distance encloses the Pissarro family's garden, with a regal old walnut tree at the left in the foreground.  At the time it was painted in 1902, the inhabitant was an unnamed Englishman, whereas the resident was described as a "deaf woman" when Pissarro painted this same site in the mid-1880s.  Pissarro's repetitive focus on this subject was not suprising, given its picturesque presentation.  But the site also presented him with several compositional complexities, as it offered the challenge of intergrating the rigid geometry of the architecture with the organic forms of the natural landscape.  In this regard, the composition calls to mind the landscapes of Cézanne, who frequently painted alongside Pissarro during the 1880s. 
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