The Little Country Maid

1882, Camille Pissarro

On loan from Tate: Bequeathed by Lucien Pissarro, the artist's son 1944, © 2000 Tate

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The room is in Pissarro's house at Osny, near Pontoise, where the artist moved in 1882. The child seated at the table is almost certainly Ludovic Rodolph, the artist's fourth son. The two works hanging on the wall at the left have been identified as one of the artist's pastels of 1881 and a Japanese painting on silk.

The composition is striking for the number of objects cut off at the sides. The technique, with its range of colour and shimmering brushwork, anticipates Pissarro's neo-Impressionist works of the later 1880s.

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