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Pierre Roy became associated with the Surrealists in the 1920s. He began using a meticulous trompe l’oeil technique to endow ordinary objects with a sense of mystery, as in this still life of disparate objects (including an imaginary astronomical instrument) set before a landscape. Roy completed a relatively small body of work due to the amount of time needed to execute one of his carefully crafted paintings. When Paysage was exhibited in Pittsburgh at the Carnegie International Exhibition in 1937, a reviewer singled it out for special praise: “Pierre Roy is [a] delightful painter…. His beautiful purity of color and precision of statement carry out his highly individual ideas in imaginative designs.”

Pierre Roy
French, 1880‒1950
Oil on canvas
31 7/8 x 23 ½ in. (81.0 x 59.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. G. David Thompson, 62.143