Between 1884 and 1888 Pissarro experimented with the pointillist method of the younger Seurat. For an avowed anarchist it was perhaps no great step, but in art-historical terms Pissarro's stylistic shift, however momentary, coincided with the end of impressionism's avant-garde ascendancy. 'Peasants' houses, Eragny' was painted during this fascinating interlude. Pissarro has fully absorbed the tenets and techniques of the distinctive style. Form is constructed by discrete juxtaposition of individual strokes, or 'dots', of pigment. Atmosphere is suggested by chromatic scintillation. Surface is treated as a single unity. The mechanical effect which can deaden pointillist painting is obviated by Pissarro's acute sense of the internal dynamics of design. The cast shadows intruding from the right are deliberately naive; this was to be an important innovation for the younger generation of post-impressionists such as Gauguin and Cezanne.
AGNSW Handbook, 1999.
Collection highlights tour Peasants' houses, Eragny
Maisons de paysans, Eragny La Chaumière
oil on canvas
59.0 x 71.7 cm stretcher; 83.0 x 96.6 x 11.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., oil "C. Pissarro 1887".
Shown in 13 exhibitions
Oeuvres récentes de C. Pissarro, Boussod, Valadon & Co, England, Feb 1890–Feb 1890
French painting of the nineteenth century:
French paintings by the Impressionists and modern artists, W Scott & Sons, Montreal, Dec 1934–Dec 1934
Society of Artists annual exhibition (1935), Education Department Gallery [Loftus Street], Sydney, 06 Sep 1935–04 Oct 1935
An exhibition of French art at the National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Oct 1944–31 Oct 1944
French art from Australian collections, Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, Jun 1959–Jul 1959
Camille Pissarro: retrospective:
Shell presents Van Gogh: his sources, genius and influence:
- National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], Melbourne 19 Nov 1993–16 Jan 1994
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 22 Jan 1994–13 Mar 1994
The Impressionists: masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay, NGV: International, Melbourne, 17 Jun 2004–26 Sep 2004
Jardines impresionistas, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, 16 Nov 2010–14 Feb 2011
Radiance: the neo-impressionists, NGV: International, Melbourne, 16 Nov 2012–17 Mar 2013
Neo-Impressionism: from light to color (Neo-impressionisme, de la lumière à la couleur):
Galerie Goupil - Boussod et Valadon, 18 Mar 1888-20 Mar 1888, Paris/France, Purchased from the artist by Theo van Gogh for Galerie Goupil-Boussod et Valadon, Paris
M. Dupuis, post 20 Mar 1888, Paris/France, [dealer] purchased by Dupuis from Goupil - Boussod et Valadon, 20 March 1888
Durand-Ruel, Paris, post 13 May 1891, Paris/France, [dealer] purchased 13 May 1891 as 'Paysage', stock no. 962
Hôtel Drouot, 10 Jun 1896, Paris/France
André Portier, post 10 Jun 1896, Paris/France, Purchased by Portier at Hôtel Drouot, 10 June 1896, hors catalogue
Étienne Bignou, Paris, 1934, Paris/France, [dealer] lent to the exhibition 'French painting of the Nineteenth Century' touring Canada, January - March 1934. Etienne Bignou was closely connected with Alex Reid & Lefevre, London.
Kraushaar Galleries, pre 25 Nov 1934, New York/New York/United States of America, Sold to Alex Reid & Lefevre, 25 November 1934
The Lefevre Gallery, 25 Nov 1934-30 Sep 1935, London/England, Purchased by Alex Reid & Lefevre, London from CW Kraushaar Galleries, 25 November 1934.
Society of Artists, 30 Sep 1935, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Purchased by the AGNSW from the New South Wales Society of Artists 1935. Purchased from the annual exhibition of the New South Wales Society of Artists, 6 September - 4 October 1935, the NSW Society of Artists were acting as Sydney agents for Alex Reid & Lefevre.
Referenced in 27 publications
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 33 (colour illus.).
Edmund Capon and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'European 20th Century Art', pg. 91-95, Sydney, 1984, 94 (colour illus.).
Annabel Davie (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, Sydney, 1988, 48, 50 (illus.).
Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 138 (colour illus.).
Ted Gott, Radiance: the neo-impressionists, 'Early Neo-Impressionism', pg.25-37, Melbourne, 2012, 30, 31 (colour illus.).
R.L. Herbert, Neo-Impressionism, New York, 1968, 81.
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Western Collection: Paintings and Sculpture', pg. 17-77, Sydney, 1999, 48 (colour illus.).
Alan Krell, Art Gallery of New South Wales collection series 4, 'Camille Pissarro 1830-1903. Peasants' Houses, Eragny. 1887', pg. 1-3, Sydney, Winter 1983, 1 (illus.), 1-3.
Karen Levitov, Camille Pissarro: impressions of city & country, 'Paths to Pissarro', pg.1-14, New York, 2007, 10 (colour illus.). fig.8
Terence Maloon, Camille Pissarro, 'Pissarro and the picturesque', pg.15-31, Sydney, 2005, 149, 151 (colour illus.). cat.no. 52
Caroline Mathieu, The Impressionists: masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay, Melbourne, 2004, 90, 91 (colour illus.).
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, French painting of the nineteenth century, Montreal, 1934. cat.no. 89, as 'Paysage'
Ludovic Rodo Pissarro and Lionello Venturi, Camille Pissarro, Son Art - Son Oeuvre, Paris, 1939, Vol. 1, 181; Vol. 2, 148 (illus.). cat.no. 710, as 'Maisons de paysans, Eragny'.
Queensland Art Gallery, French art from Australian collections, Brisbane, 1959, (illus.).
J. Rewald, Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 81, Article, pg. 65-108, Paris, 1973.
Frank Rutter, Modern masterpieces, London, 1935-1936, (colour illus.).
Judith Ryan (Editor), Shell presents Van Gogh: his sources, genius and influence, Sydney, 1993, 56, 57 (colour illus.). cat.no. 23
Ross Steele, Art and Australia, 'French Impressions', pg. 87-93, Sydney, Spring 1984, 91 (colour illus.).
Martha Ward, Pissarro, Neo-impressionism, and the spaces of the avant-garde, 'Pissarro's Neo-impressionist paintings at the Durand-Ruel Gallery', pg.270-272, Chicago, 1996, 271. PV 710
Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharo, Van Gogh à Paris, Paris, 1988, (illus.).
Donald Williams and Barbara Vance Wilson, From caves to canvas: an introduction to western art, Sydney, 1992, 187 (colour illus.).
Donald Williams and Barbara Vance Wilson, From caves to canvas: an introduction to western art (Second edition), 'Artists of Modern Parisian Life: Impressionism, Rodin's Studio and Industrial Cities', pg.180-210, Sydney, 1998, 187 (colour illus.).
Clare A.P. Willsdon, Jardines impresionistas, 'Huertos, huertas y jardines productivos', pg.139-183, Madrid, 2010, 156, 163 (colour illus.). cat.no.46
W Scott & Sons, French paintings by the Impressionists and modern artists, Montreal, 1934. cat.no. 5, as 'La Chaumiere' lent by Alex Reid & Lefevre
Editor Unknown (Editor), An exhibition of French art at the National Art Gallery of N.S.W, Sydney, 1944. cat. no. 124
Editor Unknown (Editor), Exhibition of Society of Artists, Unknown, 1935, (illus.). cat.no. 144, as 'La Chaumiere'.
Editor Unknown (Editor), Camille Pissarro: retrospective, Tokyo, 1984, (colour illus.). cat.no. 42