This wintery scene was painted in Coldharbour in Surrey, and shows the thick snow on the lane and houses of the village at sunset, creating a glowing light effect on the snow itself. The house on the left is the Ivy Cottage of the work’s title, and it was the Pissarros’ residence at the time of painting.
Ivy Cottage, Coldharbour: Sun and Snow
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’.