'Pommiers dans une prairie'
© David Lewis family interests
Pissarro is seen by some as the â€˜fatherâ€™ of Impressionism. He was the oldest of the group and the only one to show in all eight of its exhibitions between 1874 and 1886. By the 1890s he was a committed anarchist and often included rural labourers in his paintings, as here.
By the mid 1880s Pissarro was living in the village of Eragny-sur-Epte (north-west of Paris). He converted a field barn into a studio where he worked. He briefly adopted a â€˜pointillisteâ€™ technique, painting in dabs of pure colour, which give his paintings a bright luminous quality.