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Camille Pissarro, 'The Pork Butcher', 1883

Key facts
Full title The Pork Butcher
Artist Camille Pissarro
Artist dates 1830 - 1903
Date made 1883
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 65.1 × 54.3 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit On loan from Tate: Bequeathed by Lucien Pissarro, the artist's son 1944
Inventory number L724
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 Pork Butcher
Camille Pissarro

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.

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