Landscape with Flock of Sheep
1889 and 1902
Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903)
On View

In a vast field, under a thickly painted, lowering sky, Pissarro’s shepherd gathers his flock before a storm. With its densely packed brushstrokes and huddled sheep, the picture has been interpreted as an expression of the painter’s radical left-wing politics, a call for solidarity among the rural working classes. Pissarro had moved to the remote village of Éragny-sur-Epte in 1884. There he converted a barn into his studio and painted the surrounding countryside for over a decade.


  • Artist Name: Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903)
  • Title: Landscape with Flock of Sheep
  • Date: 1889 and 1902
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 23-3/4 x 29 in. (60.3 x 73.7 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mrs. Reese Hale Taylor
  • Accession Number: P.1964.24
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Museum

Object Information

[Purchased from the artist by Bernheim Jeune, Paris, February 1902].
[Galerie Jerome Friedmann, Hamburg, ca. 1902, (sale, Berlin, Rudolph Lepke, 29 October 1912, lot 75, pl. 53, as Landscaft)].
Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (1875-1947), Schloss Rohoncz by 1930, presumably still in 1939.
M. Stolliard, Cannes, sold 1956 to;
[Wildenstein and Co., sold 1957 to];
Mrs. Reese Hale Taylor, Pasadena, life bequest 1964 to;
Norton Simon Museum, received 1997.

Sammlung Schloss Rohoncz

  • Munich, Neue Pinakothek, 1930 to 1930

Monet to Matisse: French Art in Southern California Collections

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1991 to 1991
  • Pissarro, Ludovic Rodo; and Lionello Venturi, Camille Pissarro: son art-son oeuvre, vol. I, no. 1259; vol. II, pl. 246
  • Galerie J. Friedmann, Neunzig Gemälde Erster Meister Unserer Zeit, 1912, no. 75
  • Monet to Matisse: French Art in Southern California Collections, 1991, p. 61
  • Joachim Pissarro, Claire Durand-Ruel, Catalogue raisonne de Camille Pissarro - peintures, 2005, Plate 873 p. 573
  • Brettell, Richard R. and Stephen F. Eisenman, Nineteenth-Century Art in the Norton Simon Museum, volume 1, 2006,

Additional Artwork by Artist

The Boulevard des Fossés, Pontoise Camille Pissarro 1872
The Poultry Market at Pontoise Camille Pissarro 1882
View of Berneval Camille Pissarro 1900

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