THE Art Gallery of South Australia has purchased Camille Pissarro’s Prairie à Éragny (1886) from Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art auction in New York for $4.5 million, the Gallery’s most significant acquisition to date.
Art Gallery of South Australia, Director, Nick Mitzevich said, “This landscape by Pissarro is a quintessential French Impressionist landscape – full of vitality and colour, created by Pissarro’s signature dynamic brushwork.”
“Painted at a defining moment in Pissarro’s career, Prairie à Éragny will enrich the Gallery’s Impressionist collection, introducing a wonderful example of French Impressionism into the collection which has strong holdings of British Impressionism. This acquisition will elevate the national and international standing of the State’s collection.”
Camille Pissarro was a defining artist of the French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist movements. He was the only artist who participated in all eight Impressionist exhibitions from 1874 to 1886 in Paris.