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Woman and Child at the Well

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Camille Pissarro
French, 1830-1903

About this artwork

By the 1880s, Camille Pissarro, like most of his Impressionist colleagues, sought an alternative to the style he had employed over the previous decade, deciding to focus on figures rather than landscapes. Of the 36 paintings he showed at the seventh Impressionist exhibition, in the spring of 1882, 27 were figural. Woman and Child at the Well is one of a series of works depicting peasant girls taking a break from their chores, their poses and gestures suggesting narratives that remain ambiguous. As the model for the boy in this composition, Pissarro used his fourth son, Ludovic-Rodolphe, who was four years old at the time.


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Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Camille Pissarro


Woman and Child at the Well


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Inscribed lower left.: C.Pissarro / 82


81.5 × 66.4 cm (32 1/8 × 26 1/8 in.)

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Potter Palmer Collection

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