Pontoise, the Road to Gisors in Winter

1873
Camille Pissarro (French (born in the Danish West Indies), 1830–1903)


Dimensions

59.7 x 73.7 cm (23 1/2 x 29 in.)

Accession Number

48.587

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

On View

Polly B. and Richard D. Hill Gallery (Gallery 253)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Paintings

France experienced unusually harsh winters and heavy snowfall in the early 1870s. This street scene shows residents sweeping up a light dusting beneath a sky that promises more in Pontoise, the small town Northwest of Paris where Pissarro lived from 1872 to 1882. The oldest member of the Impressionist group, Pissarro was also among its most daring innovators. Here he evoked cobblestones, shingled roofs, and a lowering sky with short, telegraphic strokes—dots and dashes of juxtaposed, unblended color.

Inscription

Lower right: C. Pissarro 1873

Provenance

1925, Durand-Ruel, Paris and New York (stock no. 2079); February 7, 1925, sold by Durand-Ruel to John Taylor Spaulding (b. 1870 - d. 1948), Boston; 1948, bequest of John Taylor Spaulding to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1948)

Credit Line

Bequest of John T. Spaulding