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This painting depicts a view of part of the garden at the artist's home in Normandy. Beyond the wall lie other houses in the village of Eragny. The figure in the orchard is the artist's wife. Pissarro was interested in the relationship between man and his environment, and most of his landscapes are peopled, or reflect a human presence. Here the female figure complements the quiet, domestic nature of the orchard scene. True to the Impressionist principle of recording the effects of light and atmosphere, Pissarro noted on the back of this canvas that he had painted it during mornings in October, between the hours of 10.00 and 12.30.

August 2004