The Avenue, Sydenham

This painting is among the largest that Pissarro is known to have painted in London during the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1). These works mainly represent scenes in the area of Norwood (including 'Fox Hill, Upper Norwood'), where Pissarro stayed until June 1871.

This work depicts a scene that is little changed today. The painting conveys the atmosphere of an early spring day, with oak trees coming into leaf against a soft blue sky.

Technical analysis shows that the main outlines of the landscape were painted first and the figures added over the paint that had dried.

Key facts

Artist dates
1830 - 1903
Full title
The Avenue, Sydenham
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
48 × 73 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1984
Inventory number
Location in Gallery