Côte des Grouettes, near Pontoise

Artist: Camille Pissarro (French, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas 1830–1903 Paris)

Date: probably 1878

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 29 1/8 x 23 5/8 in. (74 x 60 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Janice H. Levin, 1991

Accession Number: 1991.277.2


The patch of purple flowers at the lower left adds a sprightly note to this canvas, which probably dates to the spring of 1878. Featuring strollers on a path, it is typical of Pissarro’s views of Pontoise and its surroundings, almost all of which show the peasants who worked the land or lived in the village. Pissarro painted in the region for almost two decades, beginning in 1866; the site of this scene was identified by his son, Ludovic-Rodo, although it cannot be pinpointed today.