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In the collection of Modern Art at LACMA.

Partial, fractional and promised gift of Janice and Henri Lazarof (M.2005.70.117)

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Often regarded as the first Impressionist, Camille Pissarro is known both for his revelatory plein air landscape pictures, such as in The Path to Les Puilleaux, Pontoise (1881), and for mentoring artists including Paul Cézanne and Paul Gauguin. Pisarro himself was inspired by the rural scenes of Realists Jean Francois Millet and Gustave Courbet. He also received artistic guidance from Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, who instructed him in outdoor painting after Pissarro’s move to Paris in 1855. Pissarro, however, placed greater emphasis than Corot on spontaneity, saying “paint generously and unhesitatingly, for it is best not to lose the first impression.” From 1885-1889 Pisarro worked with Divisionist artists Paul Signac and Georges Seurat, but their meticulous method proved too rigid for Pissarro, who felt that it could not capture the movement and randomness of nature.

High auction record
£19.7m, Sotheby's, 2014
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, J. Paul Getty Museum
Selected exhibitions
2019
The Courtauld Collection: A Vision for ImpressionismFondation Louis Vuitton
2017
Paris, Fin de Siècle: Signac, Redon, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Their ContemporariesGuggenheim Museum Bilbao
2015
Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of ArtSeattle Art Museum
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The Path to Les Pouilleux, Pontoise, 1881

Oil on canvas
22 1/16 × 18 1/2 in
56 × 47 cm
Location
Los Angeles
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In the collection of Modern Art at LACMA.

Partial, fractional and promised gift of Janice and …

Medium
Image rights
Image provided by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Often regarded as the first Impressionist, Camille Pissarro is known both for his revelatory plein air landscape pictures, such as in The Path to Les Puilleaux, Pontoise (1881), and for mentoring artists including Paul Cézanne and Paul Gauguin. Pisarro himself was inspired by the rural scenes of Realists Jean Francois Millet and Gustave Courbet. He also received artistic guidance from Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, who instructed him in outdoor painting after Pissarro’s move to Paris in 1855. Pissarro, however, placed greater emphasis than Corot on spontaneity, saying “paint generously and unhesitatingly, for it is best not to lose the first impression.” From 1885-1889 Pisarro worked with Divisionist artists Paul Signac and Georges Seurat, but their meticulous method proved too rigid for Pissarro, who felt that it could not capture the movement and randomness of nature.

High auction record
£19.7m, Sotheby's, 2014
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, J. Paul Getty Museum
Selected exhibitions (3)
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