Camille Pissarro – Marché aux legumes , à Pontoise

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Camille Pissarro – Marché aux legumes , à Pontoise (1891)
Etching
On view at Portland Art Museum (Jan. 11 – May 4, 2014)

This Pissarro etching, Marché aux legumes, à Pontoise reminds me that the present may not be so special or unique. In this nineteenth-century market scene much seems similar to, say, the PSU farmer’s market. The print, a closely framed cut out of what is presumably a much larger tableau, contains a sense of energy and motion – a sort of about-to-happenness. Yes, people buy vegetables, but they also talk and simply walk, enjoying seeing and being seen. OK, maybe there’s no organic , artisanal pickles – but then again they’re might be: it’s hard to make out the details of the past.

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