The Boulevard des Fossés, Pontoise
Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903)
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.


  • Artist Name: Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903)
  • Title: The Boulevard des Fossés, Pontoise
  • Date: 1872
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 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: M.1975.20.P
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

[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.

[on loan]

  • Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1981-02-10 to 1981-08-28

Collection of Mr. Jakob Goldschmidt, Under the Auspices of The Greenwich House Music School Committee

  • New York, Residence of Jakob Goldschmidt, 1953-11 to 1953-11

Reinstallation of South Wing

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1993-10-07 to 1995-08-13

Special Exhibition for the College Art Association (Mr. and Mrs. Norton Simon Collection)

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1965-01-18 to 1965-04-16
  • Pissarro, Ludovic Rodo; and Lionello Venturi, Camille Pissarro: son art-son oeuvre, vol. I, no. 171; vol II, pl. 35
  • Cogniat, Raymond, Pissarro,
  • Goerges-Michel, Michel, Les Grandes Epoques de la Peinture "Moderne" de Delacroix a nos Jours, 1945, following p. 68
  • Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, 1989, p. 136
  • Joachim Pissarro, Claire Durand-Ruel, Catalogue raisonne de Camille Pissarro - peintures, 2005, Plate 277 p. 220
  • Brettell, Richard R. and Stephen F. Eisenman, Nineteenth-Century Art in the Norton Simon Museum, volume 1, 2006,
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 47 p. 250
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Additional Artwork by Artist

Landscape with Flock of Sheep Camille Pissarro 1889 and 1902
The Poultry Market at Pontoise Camille Pissarro 1882
View of Berneval Camille Pissarro 1900

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