|Fox Hill, Upper Norwood 1870 by Camille Pissaro|
One such painting is Camille Pissaro's painting of Fox Hill, Upper Norwood which was painted in South London and is now in the National Gallery. This is yet another Winter Landscape - and one from before snow ploughs were invented! I like the blues, pinks and mauves which helps to provide the structure of the snow with this snowy landscape. I love his ladies in crinolines making their way along the snowy verge. Makes me think of galoshes!
Pissaro was a French-Danish Impressionist painter. His family came from French but he was born in the Danish West Indies (which became the US Virgin Islands in 1917). He was very much influenced by Corot.
Like a number of French people, he sought refuge from the Franco-Prussian War and came to London in June 1870 and stayed for a year. During this time he lodged at 77a Westow Hill and painted several views of Sydenham and Upper Norwood. This was at a time when the area was undergoing a process of transition. the railways had arrived but surburbia had not yet swallowed up all the fields.
One of the paintings from that time is Fox Hill in Upper Norwood. This is what the scene looks like from more or less the same spot today courtesy of Google Streetview.
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Many of the houses in this street have been rebuilt but the general character of this view and the distinctive bend still correspond with Pissarro's painting.
National Gallery - Pissaro