About This Artwork

Camille Pissarro
French, 1830-1903

Rabbit Warren at Pontoise, Snow, 1879

Oil on canvas
23 5/16 x 28 7/16 in. (59.2 x 72.3 cm)
Inscribed lower left: C. Pissarro '79

Gift of Marshall Field, 1964.200

Along with Impressionist painters Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro pursued the theme of snow throughout his career, producing nearly 100 “snow” paintings. In 1879 France experienced an extraordinarily severe winter, which Pissarro explored in this and other works painted at his home in Pontoise, 30 miles west of Paris, along the Seine River. In Rabbit Warren, snow covers the ground, houses, and vegetation in a frothy coat that resulted from the artist’s vigorous brushwork. Throughout, small spots of color in the chimneys, greenish shrubs, and clothing of the man at right punctuate what is otherwise a predominately yellowish white and uninhabited fragment of nature.

— Permanent collection label

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Paris, Durand-Ruel, Exposition Camille Pissarro, February 1892, cat. 11.

Paris, Durand-Ruel, Exposition de Tableaux de Monet, Pissarro, Renoir and Sisley, April 1899, cat. 43.

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, The Artist looks at the Landscape, 22 June – 25 August 1974, no cat. no.

London, Hayward Gallery, Camille Pissarro, 29 October 1980 – 4 January 1981; Paris, Grand Palais, 23 January –20 April 1981; Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 12 May –9 August 1981.

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art / Chicago, AIC / Paris, Galeries Nationales d’Exposition du Grand Palais, A Day in the Country Impressionism and the French Landscape, 28 June – 16 September 1984 / 23 October 1984 – 6 January 1985 / 8 February – 22 April 1985, cat. 68.

Tokyo, The Seibu Museum of Art / Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka / Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto, The Impressionist Tradition: Masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago, 18 October – 17 December 1985 / 5 January – 2 February 1986 / 4 March – 13 April 1986, cat. 27.

London, Hayward Gallery / Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Landscapes of France: Impressionism and its rivals, 18 May – 28 August 1995 / 4 October 1995 – 14 January 1996, cat. 92.

Washington, D.C., Impressionists in Winter: Effets de Neige, 19 September 1998 – 3 January 1999; San Francisco, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens, 30 January – 2 May 1999; Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art, 27 May – 29 August 1999, cat. 44 (ill.)

Publication History

Lionello Venturi, Camille Pissarro: Son Art - Son Oeuvre (Paris, 1939), no. 478, as La Garrene a Pontoise, Effet de Neige.

The Art Institue of Chicago, Paintings in The Art Institute: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago, 1961), p. 358B.

The Art Institute Annual Report 1963-64 (Chicago 1964), p. 19.

Gazette des Beaux Arts 65 (Supl.), p. 59.

Christopher Lloyd, Camille Pissarro (New York, 1981), p. 42 (ill.).

Joachim Pissarro, Camille Pissarro (New York, 1993), no. 122 (ill.).

Michael Fried, Manet’s Modernism or The Face of Painting in the 1860s (Chicago, 1996), p. 395, fig. 184.

Joachim Pissarro et al., Pissarro: Catalogue critique des peintures, vol. 1, trans. Mark Hutchinson, Michael Taylor (Skira and Wildenstein Institute Publications, 2005), pp. 363, 402, 406, 408-9, 418, 421, cat. 587, as La Garenne, côte Saint-Denis à Pontoise, effet de neige.

Joachim Pissarro et al., Pissarro: Catalogue critique des peintures, vol. 2, trans. Mark Hutchinson, Michael Taylor (Skira and Wildenstein Institute Publications, 2005), p. 399 (ill.), cat. 587, as La Garenne, côte Saint-Denis à Pontoise, effet de neige.

Richard R. Brettell and Anne-Brigitte Fonsmark, Gauguin and Impressionism, exh. cat. (Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, 2005-6), p. 92, fig. 68.

Ownership History

Mme Pissarro until at least 1892 [lent to Paris 1892]. Knoedler, New York by 1963; sold to Marshall Field, 1963 [according to Martha Wolff’s phone conversation with Marshall Field on April 28, 2000]; given to the Art Institute, 1964.




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