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photo:Camille Pissarro

  • Camille Pissarro
  • 1830 - 1903
  • Conversation
  • 1881
  • Oil on canvas 65.3 x 54 cm
  • Signed lower left: C. Pissarro.
  • Matsukata Collection
  • P.1959-165
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The late 1870s to the 1880s were a major turning point in the careers of Pissarro and the other Impressionists. We can find evidence of these changes in this Conversation. Here we can see Pissarro's tendency toward pointillist techniques which would be further developed in the later 1880s under Seurat's influence. In terms of subject matter, Pissarro here changes his focus to figures, shifting from his earlier emphasis on the landscape. This work depicts farmers in their everyday surroundings with great validity and familiarity.

(Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)

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