Between 1884 and 1888 Pissarro experimented with the pointillist method of the younger Seurat. For an avowed anarchist it was perhaps no great step, but in art-historical terms Pissarro's stylistic shift, however momentary, coincided with the end of impressionism's avant-garde ascendancy. 'Peasants' houses, Eragny' was painted during this fascinating interlude. Pissarro has fully absorbed the tenets and techniques of the distinctive style. Form is constructed by discrete juxtaposition of individual strokes, or 'dots', of pigment. Atmosphere is suggested by chromatic scintillation. Surface is treated as a single unity. The mechanical effect which can deaden pointillist painting is obviated by Pissarro's acute sense of the internal dynamics of design. The cast shadows intruding from the right are deliberately naive; this was to be an important innovation for the younger generation of post-impressionists such as Gauguin and Cezanne.

AGNSW Handbook, 1999


  • Title: Peasants' houses, Eragny
  • Creator: Camille Pissarro
  • Date Created: 1887
  • Physical Dimensions: 59.0 x 71.7 cm stretcher; 83.0 x 96.6 x 11.0 cm frame
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchased 1935
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Signature & Date: Signed and dated l.l., oil "C. Pissarro 1887".
  • Provenance: Society of Artists (Australia, estab. 1895, closed 1965), 30 Sep 1935, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Purchased by the AGNSW from the New South Wales Society of Artists 1935. Purchased from the annual exhibition of the New South Wales Society of Artists, 6 September - 4 October 1935, the NSW Society of Artists were acting as Sydney agents for Alex Reid & Lefevre. The Lefevre Gallery (England, estab. 1926, closed 2002), 25 Nov 1934-30 Sep 1935, London/England, Purchased by Alex Reid & Lefevre, London from CW Kraushaar Galleries, 25 November 1934. Kraushaar Galleries (United States of America), pre 25 Nov 1934, New York/New York/United States of America, Sold to Alex Reid & Lefevre, 25 November 1934 Étienne Bignou, Paris (France), 1934, Paris/France, [dealer] lent to the exhibition 'French painting of the Nineteenth Century' touring Canada, January - March 1934. Etienne Bignou was closely connected with Alex Reid & Lefevre, London. André Portier (France), post 10 Jun 1896, Paris/France, Purchased by Portier at Hôtel Drouot, 10 June 1896, hors catalogue Hôtel Drouot (France), 10 Jun 1896, Paris/France Durand-Ruel, Paris (France, estab. 1833), post 13 May 1891, Paris/France, [dealer] purchased 13 May 1891 as 'Paysage', stock no. 962 M. Dupuis (France), post 20 Mar 1888, Paris/France, [dealer] purchased by Dupuis from Goupil - Boussod et Valadon, 20 March 1888 Galerie Goupil - Boussod et Valadon (France, estab. 1827, closed 1919), 18 Mar 1888-20 Mar 1888, Paris/France, Purchased from the artist by Theo van Gogh for Galerie Goupil-Boussod et Valadon, Paris
  • Object Alternate Title: Maisons de paysans Eragny La Chaumière
  • Artist Country: France

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