In the summer of 1901 the Jewish painter Camille Pissarro visited Dieppe, on the Normandy coast, with his family. He had been impressed by Claude Monet’s 1895 series of paintings of the facade of Rouen Cathedral at different times of day, and set out to explore the idea in his own paintings of the local Gothic church of Saint-Jacques. Pissarro was a master of the urban scene; here he uses a high Impressionist technique that blends realism with acute sensitivity to the effects of climate and light. He painted nine canvases on this visit, including various views of the church and the bustling market square. The emphasis in the Jewish Museum’s painting is on the solid mass of the medieval building in contrast with the evanescent groups of people observed on the path, under a dull gray sky.


  • Title: Portail l'église Saint-Jacques à Dieppe
  • Creator: Camille Pissarro
  • Date Created: 1901
  • Location: Dieppe, France, Europe
  • Physical Dimensions: 30 9/16 × 25 9/16 in. (77.6 × 64.9 cm)
  • Provenance: the artist, 1901-1903; his wife, Julie Vellay Pissarro, through inheritance, 1904-d.1926. [Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1928, no. 36; sold to Bloch]; Jacques Bloch, Paris, from (still the owner in 1930). Richard Semmel, New York, New York. [M. Knoedler & Co., New York, and Matignon Art Galleries, New York, from March 1946]. [M. Knoedler & Co., New York, until March 1947; sold to Ryan]; Richard N. Ryan, New York, from 1947; Mrs. Clifford Klenk (formally Mrs. Ryan), New York (1947-1968; sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, October 9, 1968, no. 6). [sale, Christies, New York, May 16, 1977, no. 33]. Michael F. Drinkhouse, New York (until 1978; sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, May 17, 1978, no. 17, to Gallerie Internazional); Galleria Internazional, Milan, Italy, from 1978. [sale, Christies, London, November 30, 1987, no. 39]. Galerie, Urban, Paris, France. [sale, Christie’s, New York, May 15, 1990, no. 15]. Private Collection. [sale, Christie’s, London, December 8, 1999, no 23]. [sale, Christie’s, New York, May 8, 2002, no. 233]. Private Collection, Japan, until 2006. [sale, Jeremy Wiltshire Fine Art, London, England, 2006, to Iovino]; Judith and Thomas Iovino, College Point, New York, 2006-2016; donated to TJM
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: https://thejewishmuseum.org/about-this-site#terms-conditions
  • External Link: View this object at thejewishmuseum.org
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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