The Boulevard des Fossés, Pontoise

Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903)
Oil on canvas 
18-1/4 x 21-7/8 in. (46.4 x 55.6 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View

Pissarro moved back to the town of Pontoise, twenty miles Northwest of Paris, in August, 1872. He had spent 1870–71—a politically turbulent year in France—abroad in London. There he had encountered the paintings of John Constable, an early-nineteenth-century landscapist, whose sensitive portrayals of clouds likely inspired the overcast sky in this picture. Pissarro’s first autumn back in Pontoise was among the most productive periods of his career; he turned out twenty-seven views of the town and its inhabitants. Here, with remarkable concision, he evoked a newly-built boulevard, its sidewalks lined with young trees, its gutters filled with fallen leaves.


[Durand-Ruel, Paris, deposited by Durand-Ruel with Jules Féder, his banker at the Banque de l’Union Général, which went bankrupt in 1882; Durand-Ruel recovered painting on 22 June 1892 from; Picq, who was overseeing the bankruptcy proceedings. Sold 3 October 1940 to];
[Sam Salz, New York, sold 22 November 1940 to];
[Paul Rosenberg, sold 8 May 1942 to];
[Durand-Ruel, New York, sold 1 February 1946 to];
Jakob M. Goldschmidt (d. 1955), Berlin (until 1933) and New York (1933-55) (sale, London, Sotheby’s, 28 November 1956, lot 126, sold for $23,800 jointly to);
[Thos. Agnew & Sons, London, and A. Tooth & Sons, London, consigned November 1956 to];
[M. Knoedler & Co., New York, stock no. CA4952, sold, as stock no. A6533,13 March 1957 to];
Norton Simon, gift 1975 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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