PISSARRO, Camille
(b. 1830, St Thomas, Virgin Islands, d. 1903, Paris)

The Mailcoach at Louveciennes

1870
Oil on canvas, 26 x 36 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Pissarro took the motifs for his landscape paintings from the country areas in which he mainly lived, in Louveciennes, in Pontoise, in Auvers-sur-Oise, or in Eragny-sur-Epte. His village scenes often show the road leading into the town. Houses, walls, or hedges line the streets, people walk along, and trees line the sides of the road. For Pissarro these were suitable motifs for examining the interplay between light and shade on a sunny day.