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Peasants' houses, Éragny



Camille Pissarro


10 Jul 1830 - 13 Nov 1903


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.


Alternative title

Peasants' houses, Eragny Maisons de paysans, Eragny La Chaumière



Media category


Materials used

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".


Purchased 1935


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Camille Pissarro

Works in the collection


Shown in 16 exhibitions

Exhibition history


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

Alex Reid & Lefevre, Ltd., 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 32 publications


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 33 (colour illus.).

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2014–15, Sydney, 2015, p 32.

Edmund Capon AM, OBE and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'European 20th Century Art', pg. 91-95, Sydney, 1984, 94 (colour illus.).

Miriam Cosic, Look, 'To the point', Sydney, Jan 2020-Feb 2020, pp 30–31, col illus p 30.

Annabel Davie (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, Sydney, 1988, 48, 50 (illus.).

Renée Free, AGNSW Collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 138 (colour illus.).

Anne Gérard-Austin, Look, 'From the sidelines – Going for gold', Sydney, Jul 2019-Aug 2019, pp 36–38: p 36, no B, col illus p 38.

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.). 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. 89, as 'Paysage'

Justin Paton, Look, 'The great outdoors', Sydney, May 2016, pp 34–35: col illus p 34.

Ludovic Rodo Pissarro and Lionello Venturi, Camille Pissarro, Son Art - Son Oeuvre, Paris, 1939, Vol. 1, 181; Vol. 2, 148 (illus.). 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.). 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 (Second edition), 'Artists of Modern Parisian Life: Impressionism, Rodin's Studio and Industrial Cities', pg.180-210, Sydney, 1998, 187 (colour illus.).

Donald Williams and Barbara Vance Wilson, From caves to canvas: an introduction to western art, Sydney, 1992, 187 (colour illus.).

Clare A.P. Willsdon, Jardines impresionistas, 'Huertos, huertas y jardines productivos', pg.139-183, Madrid, 2010, 156, 163 (colour illus.).

W Scott & Sons, French paintings by the Impressionists and modern artists, Montreal, 1934. 5, as 'La Chaumiere' lent by Alex Reid & Lefevre

Editor Unknown (Editor), Camille Pissarro: retrospective, Tokyo, 1984, (colour illus.). 42

Editor Unknown (Editor), Exhibition of Society of Artists, Unknown, 1935, (illus.). 144, as 'La Chaumiere'.

Pissarro à Éragny. La nature retrouvéee, Paris, 2017, pp 66, 203, no 13, col illus p 65.

An exhibition of French art at the National Art Gallery of N.S.W, Sydney, 1944. cat. no. 124