The Poultry Market at Pontoise
Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903)
Not on View

Although Pissarro was primarily a landscape painter, he produced an important group of market scenes portraying peasants in dramatic close-up. Here, a woman selling eggs at the artist’s local poultry market stands with her back to us, on the lookout for her next customer. Painted with the bright colors and palpitating brushwork of Pissarro’s late Impressionist style, the picture is insistently modern and insists on the modernity of the people it represents. Whereas earlier painters had depicted French peasants as figures outside of time, mystically united with the land, Pissarro painted them as his neighbors, working to feed their families as he did to feed his own.


  • Artist Name: Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903)
  • Title: The Poultry Market at Pontoise
  • Date: 1882
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 31-7/8 x 25-5/8 in. (81 x 65.1 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
  • Accession Number: M.1984.2.P
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

Collection of artist, sold 15 December 1887 to;
[Boussod & Valadon (Theo van Gogh), Paris, sold same day 15 December 1887 to];
[Guyotin, Paris].
[Bernheim Jeune, Paris, ca. October, 1916, sold 14 March 1922 to].
[Durand-Ruel, Paris, sold 20 February 1923 to];
Albert Poullot, Paris, still in 1930.
[Jacques Dubourg, Paris, by 1937, still in 1938].
[C. W. Kraushaar Art Galleries, New York, in 1939-still in 1942].
Mlle. Janine Darrigol, Paris, by 1956 until at least 1962.
[Galerie Schmit, Paris, sold 6 November 1967, as La Marché à la volaille Pontoise, to];
Norton Simon; acc. no. N.67.6.P; sold 28 January 1981 to;
[E. V. Thaw & Co., New York].
[Acquavella Galleries, Inc., New York, sold 3 December 1984, as The Market at Pontoise, to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.


  • Paris, Galerie Durand-Ruel, 1928-02 to 1928-03

Paintings and Drawings by Camille Pissarro

  • London, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1937-11 to 1937-11

A Collection of XIXth Century French Paintings

  • New York, C.W. Kraushaar Art Galleries, 1939-01-30 to 1939-02-25

The Development of Impressionism

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1940-01-12 to 1940-02-28

Exposition Camille Pissarro, organisée au profit de la Société des Amis du Louvre

  • Paris, Galerie Durand-Ruel, 1956-06-26 to 1956-09-14

Camille Pissarro 1830-1903

  • Kunstmuseum Bern, 1957-01-19 to 1957-03-10

C. Pissarro 1830-1903, Exposition organisée au profit de la Société des Amis du Louvre

  • Paris, Galerie Durand-Ruel, 1962-05-29 to 1962-09-28

XIX & XX Century Master Paintings

  • New York, Acquavella Galleries, Inc., 1981-10-30 to 1981-11-30

Centenaire de la naissance de Camille Pissarro

  • Paris, Musée de l'Orangerie, 1930-02 to 1930-03

All Consuming: Art and the Essence of Food

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2023-04-14 to 2023-08-14

By Day & By Night: Paris in the Belle Époque

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2019-10-04 to 2020-03-02
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Additional Artwork by Artist

Landscape with Flock of Sheep Camille Pissarro 1889 and 1902
The Boulevard des Fossés, Pontoise Camille Pissarro 1872
View of Berneval Camille Pissarro 1900

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