Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pissarro, Camille

The Hermitage at Pontoise (Les coteaux de l'Hermitage, Pontoise)
ca. 1867
Oil on canvas
59 5/8 x 79 inches (151.4 x 200.6 cm)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Camille Pissarro (1830 - 1903) was a French painter. His importance resides in his contributions to both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, as he was the only artist to exhibit in both forms.

The view represented here is a winding village path at the base of a cluster of houses in Pontoise, France, known as the Hermitage.
Camille Pissarro lived there on and off between 1866 and 1883.
He made magisterial use of light and dark, demonstrating more than a mere interest in the effects of sun and shade.
Art theorist wrote "not simply to give relief to the forms, but to correspond to the sentiment that the painter wishes to express, conforming to the conventions of a moral beauty as much as to the laws of natural truth."