Kitchen Gardens at L'Hermitage, Pontoise by Camille Pissarro greeting card
Single greeting card featuring the artwork Kitchen Gardens at L'Hermitage, Pontoise by Camille Pissarro, part of the National Galleries of Scotland collection. Single card printed onto textured card with envelope, blank inside.
Autumn sunlight pervades the scene of crop gathering in the market gardens. Pissarro's contemporary subject, his use of bright colours, his avoidance of dark hues and the broken yet fluid brushwork are all characteristic of Impressionist painting. The picture is dated 1874, the year of the first Impressionist exhibition.
Pissarro and family returned to Pontoise, north west of Paris, in 1872. New rail links brought villages, like Pontoise, within commuting distance of the city but also threatened the traditional way of life as suburban flower gardens began to replace market gardens. This may have influenced Pissarro's choice of subject.
Camille Pissarro (10 July 1830 – 13 November 1903) was a Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter born on the island of St Thomas (now in the US Virgin Islands, but then in the Danish West Indies). His importance resides in his contributions to both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism