Pissarro painted this monumental landscape when he was desperately poor and struggling to sell his paintings. It depicts a man slumbering in the sundappled backwoods of the Hermitage, a rural village near Pontoise, where the artist had been living since 1872. Restricting his pallette to pure hues, Pissarro applied brushstrokes in systematic diagonal patterns, producing an effect that he likened to knitting. This canvas was included in the fourth Impressionist exhibition of 1879.

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  • Title: Edge of the Woods Near L'Hermitage, Pontoise
  • Creator: Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903)
  • Date Created: 1879
  • Physical Dimensions: Framed: 166 x 204 x 16.5 cm (65 3/8 x 80 5/16 x 6 1/2 in.); Unframed: 125 x 163 cm (49 3/16 x 64 3/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Family of the artist, sold to Bernheim-Jeune, (Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, sold to L’Art Moderne), (L'Art Moderne, Lucerne), (L'Art Moderne sale, Hôtel Drouot, June 20, 1935 (no. 59), sold to André Schoeller), (André Schoeller [1898-1991], Paris), (Charles Comiot, Paris, (César de Hauke and Hector Brame, Paris, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1951.356
  • Medium: oil on fabric
  • Inscriptions: Signed lower left: C. Pissarro 79
  • Fun Fact: A goat seen from the back standing next to the figure in blue laying in the grass invites the viewer to step inside this serene and beautiful setting.
  • Department: Modern European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of the Hanna Fund
  • Collection: Mod Euro - Painting 1800-1960
  • Accession Number: 1951.356

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