Camille Pissarro (1830–1903)
The River Oise near Pontoise, 1873
Oil on canvas, 18 1/8 x 21 7/8 in. (46 x 55.7 cm)
Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1945
This is one of four pictures Pissarro painted in 1873 that feature the Chalon et Brenot alcohol distillery, which he would have seen every day from his residence across the river. Completed just a year before the first Impressionist exhibition, it shows the artist's delight in the transient effects of light, from the warm haze of the foreground to the blurred echo of the geometric rooftops in the water. Pissarro, described by Paul Cézanne as "a man to consult and something like the good Lord," is often seen as the father of Impressionism and is the only painter who exhibited at all eight Impressionist shows.
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