Field and Mill at Osny
Field and Mill at Osny, 1884
Oil on canvas
54.3 x 65.6 cm (21 3/8 x 25 13/16 inches)
Gift of Mrs. Houghton P. Metcalf in memory of her husband, Houghton P. Metcalf 72.096
In this view of a farmyard near Camille Pissarro’s home outside Paris, the slender thread of a stream curves past an allée of trees and separates a cluster of houses from a pasture where cattle graze. His view of a nearby field and mill is rendered with craftsmanlike technique. He used small, tight brushstrokes to create a web of close hues that reflected nature’s palette, and emphasized the framework of the farm’s various motifs without calling attention to any single part.