Thursday, May 10, 2018

Some Pissarro Marketplace Paintings

Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) often returned to the same kind of subject over his career. One of the subjects that occasionally crops up is marketplace scenes. Some are "establishment shots," where the market square is seen from a distance. Others are closeups, with sellers and buyers in the foreground and crowds in the background.

Shown below are five such "closeup" scenes. My knowledge of Pissarro is sketchy, so I relied on Internet sources for captions reporting the paintings' subject markets and dates. Assuming that information is correct, Pissarro made them from time to time over nearly a decade.


Poultry Market, Pontoise - 1882

Poultry Market - 1885

Market at Gisors (unfinished) - 1889

Market, Gisors - 1891

Poultry Market, Pontoise - 1892

Market at Gisors - 1899

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