'Pommiers dans une prairie'

Camille Pissarro

Landscape of person working in lush countryside

© David Lewis family interests

Pissarro is seen by some as the ‘father’ 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 ‘pointilliste’ technique, painting in dabs of pure colour, which give his paintings a bright luminous quality.