Lucien Pissarro was the eldest son of the French artist, Camille Pissarro. As an artist, he was greatly influenced both by his father and, for a period, Georges Seurat. He moved to England in 1890, and was a founder member of the in 1911. He became a British citizen in 1916, but liked to call himself a 'Channel painter'. In this Pissarro is concerned with the play of light on snow, and contrasting . Pissarro lived mostly in London, but this picture was made at Coldharbour, near Dorking, in Surrey.
Gallery label, August 2004