Like Monet, Pissarro would to the optical illusion with color by breaking it down so that the eye would visually mix the color. This technique was the beginning of a new, post-impressionistic style called pointillism, which Georges Seurat would be made famous for. And the effect is outstanding in Pissarro's work. I do think he took the technique to a more impressive level than Monet, which is why Pissarro is my favorite. The colors were vibrant, and yet at a distance they became more naturalistic, and this is true with the Garden of Les Mathurins. The brushwork is loose, but also controlled at the same time. Each color goes where it is supposed to go, and you can still read the edges clearly.
This is another painting where I don't have a whole lot of profound insight to share. I really do think that the painting along with Pissarro's style speak for themselves as to why it is a favorite painting.
|Garden of Les Mathurins at Pontoise|
oil on canvas