On view in Gauguin to Picasso: Masterworks from Switzerland, Camille Pissarro‘s Quarry, Pontoise is a lush, peaceful scene. After the Franco-Prussian War, the artist moved from Louveciennes to Pontoise in the rural Oise Valley, where he lived from 1872–82. He chose the hamlet of l’Hermitage for almost his entire stay, inspired by its streets, fields, and countryside. Here, Pissarro shows a woman with a basket walking past a quarry on the arcing path of the rue de l’Hermitage, which leads to the Saint-Antoine ravine. In this area 25 miles northwest of Paris, Pissarro painted side-by-side with Paul Cézanne from 1872 to 1874. Both artists greatly admired and influenced each other. Cézanne claimed to be a pupil of Pissarro and stated: “Perhaps we all come from Pissarro.”
Throughout the American Moments exhibition, we’ve been highlighting responses to our Title This! in-gallery interactive. Some participants have been quite punny. Water you thinking about? Let us know on social media with #AmericanMoments!
Titles for our in-gallery activity in the American Moments exhibition have run the seasonal gamut. “Snow or sand?” seems to be a subject of debate. What do you think? Let us know by submitting your own title via social media using #AmericanMoments.