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Landscape with Flock of Sheep, 1889 and 1902

Camille Pissarro

French, 1830-1903
Oil on canvas
23-3/4 x 29 in. (60.3 x 73.7 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mrs. Reese Hale Taylor
© Norton Simon Museum

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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.

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