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Many of the Camille Pissarro paintings are of landscapes surrounding the town of Pontoise.

Pissarro left the busy life of Paris for the more tranquil and rural setting of Pontoise between the years 1872 and 1884. It wasn’t too far from the art scene in Paris so he was still able to enjoy both worlds.

Camille Pissarro paintings - Landscape near Pontoise, the Auvers Road, 1881
Camille Pissaro Paintings – Pontoise landscape [Public Domain]

During Pissarro’s time in Pontoise, many young and emerging artists would travel to Pissarro for his guidance and encouragement, including but not only Van Gogh, Cezanne, Gaugin and Cassatt.

Paul Cezanne said this about Pissarro:

“He was like a father for me. He was a man to be consulted and someone like God ” – Paul Cezanne

The Pissarro Museum in Pontoise

Today the Camille Pissarro museum tells the story of Impressionism in the region.
The museum shows visitors how this town was a perfect backdrop for 19th-century painters.

The large house in which the museum is located also offers a splendid view over the Oise valley and the old town, many of which are painted in Camille Pissarro’s landscapes.

The Pissarro museum is in fact, an extension of the Musée Tavet-Delacour.

Pissarro Museum in Pontoise - Paris day trips
Musée Tavet-Delacour Photo by P.poschadel [CC BY-SA 2.0 fr]

The small Pissarro museum pays tribute to Camille Pissaro who is considered one of the great founding members of Impressionism art. He set up his easel in Pontoise for 17 years and created many magnificent Pontoise landscapes.

In the museum, you will find Pissarro etchings and drawings. In addition, you will find a rare Camille Pissarro painting that survived the war of 1870.

Note – This is not a large museum and you will not find major Camille Pissarro paintings here but still a lovely place to visit if you are on a road trip and traveling through the Auvers-sur-Oise area.

Practical Information about the Museum

Museum Camille Pissarro – City Museum – Museum Label France.
Address: 17 rue du Château – 95300 Pontoise.
Tel. : +33 1 30 32 38 33 – Mail: museetavet@ville-pontoise.fr
Driving from Paris: A15 motorway towards Cergy -Pontoise – Pontoise output center (Place de l’Hôtel-de -Ville).
Train from Paris: Saint -Lazare and Gare du Nord.

For more information, press here for the Pissarro museum website

Opening Hours:

Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Sunday: 02:00 PM – 06:00 PM   

Pontoise - a day trip from Paris
Pontoise – photo by P.poschadel [CC BY-SA 2.0]

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