The record price for a Pissarro painting at auction was set in February 2014 when a cityscape from 1897 sold for $32M USD. More recently, an 1888 canvas depicting two peasants achieved the second-highest price for Pissarro at auction, selling for over $17M USD in February 2020, demonstrating the strength of the artist’s market.
The graph prepared by Art Market Research shows that since 1976, paintings by Pissarro have increased at a 5.3% annual rate of return.
As his Impressionist contemporaries reach staggering new sums every year, attention is directed to the relatively accessible works of Camille Pissarro. In 2019, Meules (1891) by Claude Monet sold for over $110M USD, setting a world record at auction for the artist.
The market for Pissarro remains a fruitful area for appreciation as the record for Pissarro at auction is $32M USD. There is much more room for the Pissarro market to grow as his contemporaries’ supply of paintings dry up completely. This impending market scarcity forces a re-evaluation of Pissarro, one of the historically monetarily undervalued Impressionist Masters.
Top Results at Auction
Comparable Paintings Sold at Auction
- Later painting than Le Pere Melon, similar medium of gouache but on board
- Rockefeller provenance was helpful to achieving high result
- Many figures pictured, but scene is a bit bland when compared to Le Pere Melon which has more direct action in the foreground
- Same medium but slightly larger than Le Pere Melon
- Done 10 years later than Le Pere Melon and not during the important timeframe of the Paris Impressionist Salons between 1874-1886
- Sale is from 2014, the market for Pissarro has increased at a rate of 5.3% since then
- A very small painting (less than ½ size of Le Pere Melon) done in the same desirous year, 1880
- Sold at a small auction house – perhaps at a more “name brand” house it would have achieved a higher result, still very strong for a work on board
- Pissarro was known at this time for celebrating rural workers in his compositions, which continued an important change in art history of the celebration of everyday individuals, similar to Le Pere Melon.
- Almost same size as Le Pere Melon, similar medium, but later date of 1889
- Sold in 2013, the market for his work has improved since that time