Depicting a lush, green meadow with the rolling hills in the background, the present work exemplifies the height of Pissarro’s Impressionist style, painting with his easel in the midst of the landscape, and capturing its essence in swift, spontaneous brushstrokes, without any preparatory sketches. The partly overcast sky adds a dramatic note to the scene, while the sun rays emerge between the clouds, bathing the meadow in golden hues. Joachim Pissarro observed: ‘During his years in Pontoise, Pissarro was deeply involved with the Impressionist group and was seen not only as a committed Impressionist artist until at least 1882, but also as an ardent defender of the group’s function as an alternative to the Salons. In fact, he created the legal structure of the Impressionist group by establishing the only legal document defining its purpose and aim. He was the only artist to exhibit in all eight Impressionist exhibitions’ (Joachim Pissarro, Camille Pissarro, London, 1993, p. 90).
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