Nationality & Life Dates:
Road to Marly
Oil on canvas
Overall: 15 x 18 1/8 inches
Purchase with High Museum of Art Enhancement Fund, funds from the Livingston Foundation, Hambrick Bequest, Alfred Austell Thornton in memory of Leila Austell Thornton and Albert Edward Thornton, Sr., and Sarah Miller Venable and William Hoyt Venable, the Phoenix Society, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Dobson, and Joan N. Whitcomb
On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 204
Pissarro painted this tranquil scene soon after joining his friends and fellow Impressionists Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley in the countryside northwest of Paris, where they had recently settled. He arrived at a critical moment in the history of Impressionism, when the influence of the landscape painters of the Barbizon School merged with that of the realist artists Édouard Manet and Gustave Courbet to create a style characterized by bold, broken brushwork and shimmering color. A product of this remarkable synthesis of styles, Road to Marly presents Pissarro’s impression of a lazy rural afternoon.