The Beet Harvest, 1881

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French Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro was an avowed anarchist who strongly opposed the existing social and political order in France. He envisioned a future where the peasantry, laboring classes, bourgeoisie, and ruling class would share in the wealth and power of the state. Among his goals was the preservation of the values of agrarian life that were being supplanted by the rapid industrialization of France. He expressed these ideals through his many paintings, drawings, and prints of bucolic rural scenes, where farmers and peasants live in perfect harmony with nature. In a manifestation of his beliefs, Pissarro eventually moved from Paris to a small farm in the countryside where he experienced the agrarian life firsthand.

Details
Title
The Beet Harvest
Artist Life
1830–1903
Role
Artist
Accession Number
90.15
Provenance
[Durand-Ruel, Paris, until 1890; sold, January, for $300, to Hill]; James J. Hill, St. Paul, Minn. (1890; given, February 7, to Young); Judge George B. Young (1890-d. 1906); by descent to his great-niece, Mary Young Janes, St. Paul, Minn. (until 1990; bequeathed to Mia)
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