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Washerwoman, Study  1880

by Camille Pissarro

Most of the works that Pissarro submitted to the 1882 Impressionist exhibition were figure paintings in which the local villagers who had routinely animated his rural landscapes assumed monumental form, indicating a shift in his artistic focus. Pissarro's neighbor in Pontoise, a fifty-six-year-old mother of four named Marie Larchevêque, sat for this work, which was shown a...
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art