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The Climb, Rue de la Côte-du-Jalet, Pontoise (Chemin montant, rue de la Côte-du-Jalet, Pontoise)

Camille Jacob Pissarro

European Art

On View: Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
In 1873 Pissarro settled in Pontoise, a town northwest of Paris. He particularly favored painting the adjoining valley village of L’Hermitage, which offered the artist a mix of geometric and organic shapes: new homes squarely built of white stucco, with angular pitched roofs, nestled among dense foliage. For this painting, Pissarro positioned himself halfway up a winding footpath and selected a downward view of the hamlet through the trees. The work demonstrates a broad array of painting techniques, from sure, singular touches for distant windows and doors to thick palette-knife applications for the foreground greenery. Despite the variety of surface textures, Pissarro unifies the composition tonally: the whites and creams of the architecture appear in the tree trunks and well-trodden path, while the cool blues and warm ochers of the roofs bleed through the green foliage.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1875
    DIMENSIONS 21 1/4 x 25 7/8 in. (54 x 65.7 cm) frame: 29 3/4 x 33 7/8 x 3 3/8 in. (75.6 x 86 x 8.6 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower right: "C. Pissarro./1875"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
    CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Dikran G. Kelekian
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Camille Jacob Pissarro (French, born Danish West Indies, 1830-1903). The Climb, Rue de la Côte-du-Jalet, Pontoise (Chemin montant, rue de la Côte-du-Jalet, Pontoise), 1875. Oil on canvas, 21 1/4 x 25 7/8 in. (54 x 65.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Dikran G. Kelekian, 22.60
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