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Mme Pissarro sewing beside a Window

Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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This oil, painted in 1878 shortly after the death of Minette and before the birth of Ludovic-Rodo, shows Mme Pissarro sewing in front of a window in their home at Pontoise. She is absorbed in her task, calm and detached. Pissarro has concentrated on her face and the curling ironwork of the balcony in heavily worked strokes of gentle colours, to create a mood of intimacy and hard work.

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  • Date

    c. 1877

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    54 x 45 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    Presented by the Pissarro Family, 1951 On loan.


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