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

Harvest at Montfoucault

Oil on canvas, 65 x 93 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Pissarro's landscapes include the people who live and work there; unlike his Impressionist friends Monet and Renoir, these are not city people who travel to the country to relax on the weekend, but peasant farmers and their wives, herdsmen, and shepherdesses. Yet, unlike Millet, Pissarro does not monumentalise his agricultural labourers. They are not posed, and they themselves form an integral part of the landscape.