The Pork Butcher

In the early 1880s Pissarro painted a number of market scenes characterised by close-up views of people, mainly women, going about their activities. The market portrayed here is the weekly market held in Pontoise.

The artist made several changes to the composition in the course of the painting which can be seen from X-rays. One of these concerns the central figure, who was originally intended as an older woman. Pissarro finally chose to depict his niece, Eugénie Estruc, known as Nini. Her pose is reminiscent of Degas's images of women ironing.

Key facts

Artist dates
1830 - 1903
Full title
The Pork Butcher
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
65.1 x 54.3 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
On loan from Tate: Bequeathed by Lucien Pissarro, the artist's son 1944
Inventory number
Location in Gallery