Camille Pissarro (1830–1903)
Chrysanthemums in a Chinese Vase, 1873
Oil on canvas, 60 x 50.5 cm
Purchased, 1983 (Shaw Fund)
Pissarro painted this still-life at his home in Pontoise. The striped wallpaper in the background features in several of his works from this period. In this instance, some of the flowers appear to merge with floral sprigs printed on the flat surface of the wallpaper. The lower part of the ornate vase is reflected on the shiny tabletop, demonstrating Pissarro’s interest in the effects of light and colour on varied surfaces. Other Impressionists such as Monet, Renoir and Caillebotte are also known to have painted chrysanthemums.
About the artist
Pissarro was the only artist to exhibit at all eight Impressionist exhibitions. His early work was influenced by Corot. Pissarro briefly adopted a pointillist technique from 1886-88 after meeting Signac and Seurat, but subsequently returned to his earlier Impressionistic style. Although he painted several still-lives and portraits, Pissarro is best known for his rural landscapes showing people at work.