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This view from the window of his house at Eragny was first shown at the twelfth and last Impressionist exhibition in 1886, but clearly Pissarro was dissatisfied, and he reworked the picture and dated it two years later, in 1888. The high viewpoint affords a certain detachment, appropriate to the new technique, as do the strong geometrical shapes in the foreground, and the rigid lines of the boundaries of fields and the horizon beyond. To the left is the poultry yard, with the maid feeding the chickens; on the right is the kitchen garden, where Mme Pissaro grew vegetables and flowers. On the extreme left is the edge of the barn, which was later converted into a studio.