Camille Pissarro
(St-Thomas, 1830-1903, Paris)
Road from Osny to Pontoise, Hoar Frost, 1873
Oil on canvas, 50 x 65 cm
Signed & dated lower left: C. Pissarro 1873
Pissarro/Durand-Ruel 287
What was merely intimated in "The Versailles Road at Louveciennes" reaches fulfilment in "The Road from Osny to Pontoise". The view out on to the sundrenched road with the small house becomes the real subject of the picture. Without the studio feature of posing models, there he created directly from nature the spontaneously painted sketch of the long-curving country road which becomes the medium of the mild sunlight. The trees too, as it were, surrender their individuality in order to convey their autumnal golden tone to the painting as a whole. Pissarro is here the Impressionist par excellence, a true successor of the master Camille Corot. Pissarro, who had at first returned to Louveciennes after the Franco-Prussian War, had again gone in 1872 to Pontoise, where Cézanne also arrived in the same year. Three kilometres northwest of Pontoise is the small village of Osny, where Pissarro lived in 1882/83 and painted with Gauguin. The road from Osny to Pontoise twists through the flat valley along the winding Viosne, which at Pontoise flows into the Oise. Pissarro repeatedly painted in this valley, and here at the edge of Pontoise there also stands the watermill which was later painted by Cézanne.