The Poultry Market at Pontoise

Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903)
Oil on canvas 
31-7/8 x 25-5/8 in. (81 x 65.1 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
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.


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.

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