Images and Questions for Viewing

These four images directly support each of the three themes described in the Pissarro's People: Educational Resources and will serve as anchors for your museum visit. The accompanying questions connect to the specific grade level and serve as models for promoting open-ended investigations of the artwork.


1. Plate 77: Jeanne Pissarro, Called Cocotte, Reading, 1899

Jeanne Pissarro, Called Cocotte, Reading, 1899

  • Look around the room. What do you see? If you touched something in this room, what would it feel like, or what texture would it have? (K–2)
  • What do you think Pissarro found most interesting about the space he depicted? How does he show this? (3–5)
  • What does the choice of subject tell us about the artist’s ideals? (9–12)

2. Plate 116: The Harvest, 1882

The Harvest, 1882

  • What are the people doing? How do you think they feel? What do you see that makes you say that? (K–2)
  • Artists often create a sense of space by showing depth or distance in their paintings. How does Pissarro show space in this painting? (3–5)
  • How do the figures add to the meaning of this work? (9–12)

3. Plate 177: Poultry Market at Gisors, 1885

Poultry Market at Gisors, 1885

  • Who do you see going to market? What do you think they are doing? (K–2)
  • What do you notice about the figures in this painting? (3–5)
  • What type of social interactions do you see? (9–12)

4. Plate 251: Self-Portrait, 1903

Self-Portrait, 1903

  • Pissarro painted this picture of himself. What colors did he use in this painting? Why do you think he might have chosen these colors? What do you think he felt while painting this picture? (K–2)
  • How does the artist emphasize or stress the subject of this painting? (3–5)
  • What would you say about the artist’s character based on how he chose to depict himself? (9–12)