Landscape with Flock of Sheep

Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903)
1889 and 1902
Oil on canvas 
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:
© Norton Simon Museum 
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.


[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.

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