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Camille Pissarro, The Little Country Maid

Key facts
Full title The Little Country Maid
Artist Camille Pissarro
Artist dates 1830 - 1903
Date made 1882
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 63.5 × 53 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit On loan from Tate: Bequeathed by Lucien Pissarro, the artist's son 1944
Inventory number L723
Location Not on display
Image copyright On loan from Tate: Bequeathed by Lucien Pissarro, the artist's son 1944, © 2000 Tate
Collection Main Collection
The Little Country Maid
Camille Pissarro

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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