Landscape at Saint-Charles, near Gisors, Sunset

For a brief period in the late 1880s, Pissarro experimented with the technique known as divisionism or pointillism, pioneered by younger artists like Georges Seurat. This involved applying small touches of two different colors side by side, which were intended to produce a third, more luminous color for the viewer. Here Pissarro modified the technique, using slightly broader brushstrokes to suggest the glowing late-day light in the countryside near his rural home.

Provenance

The artist, sold to Durand-Ruel, Paris, 12 Sept. 1891; [Durand-Ruel, Paris and New York, 1891–1933, sold to Clark 11 Feb. 1933, as Paysage, St. Charles]; Robert Sterling Clark (1933–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

Camille Pissarro

French, 1830–1903

Landscape at Saint-Charles, near Gisors, Sunset

1891

Oil on canvas

31 7/8 x 25 9/16 in. (81 x 65 cm) Frame: 39 5/8 x 33 13/16 in. (100.6 x 85.9 cm)


Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1933

1955.524


ON VIEW