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Edge of the Woods Near L'Hermitage, Pontoise

Edge of the Woods Near L'Hermitage, Pontoise


Camille Pissarro

(French, 1830–1903)

Oil on fabric

Framed: 166 x 204 x 16.5 cm (65 3/8 x 80 5/16 x 6 1/2 in.); Unframed: 125 x 163 cm (49 3/16 x 64 3/16 in.)

Gift of the Hanna Fund 1951.356

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A goat seen from the back standing next to the figure in blue laying in the grass invites the viewer to step inside this serene and beautiful setting.


Pissarro painted this monumental landscape when he was desperately poor and struggling to sell his paintings. It depicts a man slumbering in the sundappled backwoods of the Hermitage, a rural village near Pontoise, where the artist had been living since 1872. Restricting his pallette to pure hues, Pissarro applied brushstrokes in systematic diagonal patterns, producing an effect that he likened to knitting. This canvas was included in the fourth Impressionist exhibition of 1879.

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