About This Artwork

Camille Pissarro
French, 1830-1903

Woman Mending, 1895

Oil on canvas
65.4 x 54.4 cm (25 5/8 x 21 3/8 in.)
Inscribed lower left: C. Pissarro 1895

Gift of Mrs. Leigh B. Block, 1959.636

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Copenhagen, Valdemar Kleis, Katalog over Martsudstillingen (1886–1911), Mar. 1911, cat. 34.

London, Stafford Gallery, Pictures by Camille Pissarro, from Oct. 13, 1911, cat. 11.

Zurich, Switzerland, Moderne Galerie, Camille Pissarro, July 11–Aug. 31, 1913, cat. 7.

Paris, Galerie de l’Élysée, C. Pissarro: Des peintures et des pastels de 1880 à 1900 environ, Apr. 23–May 5, 1948, no cat.

Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Block, Oct. 19, 1976–May 20, 1977, no cat.

Tokyo, Seibu Museum of Art, Shikago bijutsukan insho-ha ten [The impressionist tradition: Masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago], Oct. 18–Dec. 17, 1985, cat. 49 (ill.); Fukuoka Art Museum, Jan. 5–Feb. 2, 1986; Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Mar. 4–Apr. 13, 1986.

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Camille Pissarro, Nov 19, 2005–Feb. 19, 2006, cat. 98 (ill.); Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria, Mar. 4–May 28, 2006.

Publication History

Katalog over Martsudstillingen, 58 Vesterbrogade, exh. cat. (1911), p. 2, cat. 34.

Stafford Gallery, Exhibition of Pictures by Camille Pissarro, 1830–1903, exh. cat. (Stafford Gallery, 1911), p. 10, cat. 11.

Ludovic Rodo Pissarro and Lionello Venturi, Camille Pissarro: Son art—son oeuvre, vol. 1, Texte (P. Rosenberg, 1939), p. 210, cat. 934.

Ludovic Rodo Pissarro and Lionello Venturi, Camille Pissarro: Son art—son oeuvre, vol. 2, Planche (P. Rosenberg, 1939), pl. 189, cat. 934.

John Rewald, Pissarro (Braun & Cie, [1940]), cat. 48 (ill.).

Frederick A. Sweet, “Pissarro’s Young Woman Mending,” Art Institute of Chicago Quarterly 54, 2 (Apr. 1960), pp. 17–19 (ill.).

Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Art Institute of Chicago, 1961), p. 359.

Charles C. Cunningham and Satoshi Takahashi, Shikago bijutsukan [Art Institute of Chicago], Museums of the World 32 (Kodansha, 1970), pp. 48 (ill.), 162–63.

John Maxon, The Art Institute of Chicago (Abrams, 1970), pp. 268 (ill.), 285.

Raymond Cogniat, Pissarro (Flammarion, 1974), p. 73 (ill.).

Christopher Lloyd, Pissarro (Phaidon, 1979), p. 15, pl. 34.

Ralph E. Shikes and Paula Harper, Pissarro: His Life and Work (Horizon, 1980), p. 291 (ill.).

Christopher Lloyd, Camille Pissarro (Skira/Rizzoli, 1981), p. 98 (ill.).

Christopher Lloyd, “Camille Pissarro: Towards a Reassessment,” Art International 25, 1–2 (Jan. 1982), p. 64 (ill.).

Art Institute of Chicago, Seibu Museum of Art, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, and Fukuoka Art Museum, eds., Shikago bijutsukan insho-ha ten [The impressionist tradition: Masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago], trans. Akihiko Inoue, Hideo Namba, Heisaku Harada, and Yoko Maeda, exh. cat. (Nihon Nippon Television Network, 1985), pp. 104, cat. 49 (ill.); 105 (detail); 154, cat. 49 (ill.).

Janine Bailly-Herzberg, ed., Correspondance de Camille Pissarro, vol. 4, 1895–1898 (Valhermeil, 1989), pp. 127 (letter 1181); 129, n. 2; 149 (letter 1199).

Art Institute of Chicago, Treasures of 19th- and 20th-Century Painting: The Art Institute of Chicago, with an introduction by James N. Wood (Art Institute of Chicago/Abbeville, 1993), p. 126 (ill.).

Joachim Pissarro, Camille Pissarro (Abrams, 1993), p. 169, cat. 179 (ill.).

Joachim Pissarro and Stephanie Rachum, Camille Pissarro: Impressionist Innovator, exh. cat. (Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1994), p. 56 (ill.).

Joachim Pissarro and Claire Durand-Ruel Snollaerts, with the collaboration of Alexia de Buffévent and Annie Champié, Pissarro: Critical Catalogue of Paintings, vol. 1, trans. Mark Hutchinson and Michael Taylor (Skira/Wildenstein Institute, 2005), pp. 368, 369, 370, 386, 409.

Joachim Pissarro and Claire Durand-Ruel Snollaerts, with the collaboration of Alexia de Buffévent and Annie Champié, Pissarro: Catalogue critique des peintures/Critical Catalogue of Paintings, vol. 3, trans. Mark Hutchinson and Michael Taylor (Skira/Wildenstein Institute, 2005), p. 694, cat. 1098 (ill.).

Terence Maloon, ed., Camille Pissarro, exh. cat. (Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005), pp. 207; 208, cat. 98 (ill.); 254.

Richard Shiff, “The Restless Worker,” in Terence Maloon, ed., Camille Pissarro, exh. cat. (Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005), p. 38.

Richard Brettell, Pissarro’s People, exh. cat. (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco/Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute/Prestel, 2011), pp. 34–35, fig. 16; 190; 192–93, fig. 147; 268–69, fig. 230.

“Cat. 15: Woman Mending, 1895,” in Pissarro Paintings and Works on Paper at the Art Institute of Chicago, eds. Gloria Groom and Genevieve Westerby (Art Institute of Chicago, 2015).

Ownership History

By descent from the artist (died 1903) to his son, Ludovic-Rodolph (Rodo) Pisssarro, Paris, 1904. [According to Joachim Pissarro and Claire Durand-Ruel Snollaerts, with the collaboration of Alexia de Buffévent and Annie Champié, Pissarro: Catalogue critique des peintures/Critical Catalogue of Paintings, 3 vols., trans. Mark Hutchinson and Michael Taylor (Skira/Wildenstein Institute, 2005), vol. 3, p. 694.]

Sold by Ludovic-Rodolph (Rodo) Pissarro, Paris, to Sam Salz, New York, by Dec. 1950. [According to Joachim Pissarro and Claire Durand-Ruel Snollaerts, with the collaboration of Alexia de Buffévent and Annie Champié, Pissarro: Catalogue critique des peintures/Critical Catalogue of Paintings, 3 vols., trans. Mark Hutchinson and Michael Taylor (Skira/Wildenstein Institute, 2005), vol. 3, p. 694. See also a photograph of the painting inscribed by Ludovic-Rodolph (Rodo) Pisssarro: “J'ai gardé ce tableau pour Mr. Salz qui vient de ma collection privée, 25 Sept 1950” (I have saved for Mr. Salz this painting, which came from my private collection, 25 Sept 1950), curatorial object file, Art Institute of Chicago.]

Sold by Sam Salz, New York, to Mrs. Leigh B. (Mary Lasker) Block, Chicago, Dec. 1950. [According to Joachim Pissarro and Claire Durand-Ruel Snollaerts, with the collaboration of Alexia de Buffévent and Annie Champié, Pissarro: Catalogue critique des peintures/Critical Catalogue of Paintings, 3 vols., trans. Mark Hutchinson and Michael Taylor (Skira/Wildenstein Institute, 2005), vol. 3, p. 694. Based on an interview conducted by Herman Kogan with Leigh Block, July 10–11, 1986, the painting was purchased in the late 1940s; transcript on file in Institutional Archives, Art Institute of Chicago.]

Given by Mrs. Leigh B. (Mary Lasker) Block, Chicago, to the Art Institute of Chicago, beginning in 1959. [The painting was given to the Art Institute of Chicago in undivided fractional interests beginning in 1959. The Art Institute received the final fractional interest for one hundred percent ownership in 1961.]




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