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Woman Washing Her Feet in a Brook

Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903)

Like many Impressionists, Pissarro experienced a deep artistic crisis in the mid-1880s. It led him to adopt the Neo-Impressionist color theory and brushwork of Georges Seurat, but within five years Pissarro abandoned the dotted technique as too laborious.

This canvas, one of three devoted to the subject of a woman by a stream, was executed after Pissarro returned to Impressionism. However, forced indoors by ill health, he actually painted this image in the studio, using a model and preparatory drawings.

Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York,
from 1931 to early 1940s. George E. Hume, Pasadena, California; given by George E. Hume to John Herron Art Institute, now Indianapolis Museum of Art, in January 1948 (48.17). {1}

{1} IMA Temporary Receipt No. 5028.

Object Information

Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903)
creation date
oil on canvas
13-1/8 x 16-1/4 in.
20 x 23-5/8 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
Gift of George E. Hume
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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