Advent Calendar Day 14

Camille Pissarro Snow


Snow at Montfoucault by Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro was one of the most prominent members of the Impressionists and the only artist to exhibit at all eight Impressionist exhibitions between 1874 and 1886. 

Montfoucault was one of the farms owned by the Piette family in Mayenne, where Pissarro spent long periods between 1874 and 1876. Pissarro's style became more rustic, with shorter brush-strokes in thicker paint creating a more rugged surface and expressive texture in keeping with the landscape.

The Ashmolean’s collection of works by Pissarro is the largest in the world. Several are on display in our Pissarro Gallery, on the third floor, alongside works by other renowned members of the Impressionists including Manet, Van Gogh and Renoir. You can trace Pissarro’s changing style through the various works on display, finishing with Sunset at Eragny-sur-Epte, Autumn, painted the year before his death.

Farm at Montfoucault: Snow Effect, 1876
Camille Pissarro (1830–1903)

Oil on canvas
54 x 65 cm