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The Poultry Market at Pontoise, 1882

Camille Pissarro

French, 1830-1903
Oil on canvas
31-7/8 x 25-5/8 in. (81 x 65.1 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Pissarro was an important force in the development of Impressionism, and the only artist to exhibit in each of the eight Impressionist exhibitions. Yet his paintings are generally not considered spontaneous; he usually worked on his meticulously constructed compositions in his studio from sketches. This painting is one of several studies of the lively poultry market in Pontoise and well illustrates the highly keyed color palette Pissarro used at this time. His deftly placed brushstrokes anticipate Pointillism, which Pissarro named and used along with Seurat and Signac three years later.

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