Camille Pissarro 1830-1903
N05575 La Petite Bonne de Campagne (The Little Country Maid) 1882
Inscribed 'C. Pissarro. 82' t.r.
Oil on canvas, 25 x 20 7/8 (63.5 x 53)
Bequeathed by Lucien Pissarro to the National Gallery 1944; transferred 1950
Prov: Lucien Pissarro, London
Exh: Post-Impressionist and Futurist Exhibition, Doré Galleries, London, October 1913 (5); Rétrospective des Oeuvres de Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), Galerie Manzi et Joyant, Paris, January-February 1914 (49); Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Camille Pissarro, 1830-1903, Leicester Galleries, London, May 1920 (69); Collection de Mme Vve Pissarro, Galerie Nunès et Fiquet, Paris, May-June 1921 (24); Modern French Paintings, Leicester Galleries, London, September-October 1923 (39); Centenaire de la Naissance de Camille Pissarro, Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, February-March 1930 (55, repr.); Oil Paintings by Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), Tate Gallery, June-October 1931 (24); Birmingham City Art Gallery, October-November 1931 (19); Castle Museum, Nottingham, November-December 1931; War Memorial Art Gallery, Stockport, January 1932 (31); Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, February-March 1932 (29); Bootle Public Museum, April-May 1932 (30); Leeds City Art Gallery, July 1932 (15); Northampton Art Gallery, August-September 1932 (23); Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, September 1932 (23); Rochdale Art Gallery, October-November 1932; Honderd Jaar Fransche Kunst, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, July-September 1938 (194, repr.); 19th Century French Pictures, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, Bournemouth, April-June 1960 (42)
Lit: Ludovic Rodo Pissarro and Lionello Venturi, Camille Pissarro: son Art - son Oeuvre (Paris 1939), No. 575, Vol.1, p.163, repr. Vol.2, pl.119; John Rewald, Camille Pissarro (London 1963), p.132, repr. p.133 in colour; William Gaunt, The Impressionists (London 1972), p.246, repr. pl.96 in colour
Repr: Georges Lecomte, Camille Pissarro (Paris 1922), facing p.70; A. Tabarant, Pissarro (Paris 1924), pl.22
This represents a room in Pissarro's house at Osny, near Pontoise, and the child is his fourth son, Ludovic Rodolphe (1878-1952), later known as a painter and wood-engraver under the name Ludovic Rodo. He devoted many years to the preparation of a catalogue of his father's work.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.611-12, reproduced p.611