During World War One, Pissarro was afraid to paint in London, worried that he might be mistaken for a foreign spy. Instead, he rented cottages in the countryside, and the village of Fishpond in Dorset was his location for six months in 1915, and he painted many landscapes of the surrounding fields and hills. High View is the name of the house the figure walks towards in this painting.
High View, Fish Pond
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 53 x 64.4 cm
Lucien Pissarro (1863 – 1944) was a French painter and illustrator, and the eldest child of Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro. In 1890 he moved to England on a permanent basis, and created many of his most famous works there. His work, like his father’s, was chiefly landscapes, concentrating on the effects of light and weather conditions. After his move to England, Pissarro helped to found the Camden Town Group of artists along with Walter Richard Sickert. His dedication to the landscapes of both England and France led him to describe himself as a ‘Channel painter’.