This perspective from Pontoise, northwest of Paris, established Pissarro's fame as an innovative painter on the French rural scene. The critical journalist Émile Zola applauded vigorously when the picture appeared next to another nature scene in the Salon of 1868: "Today it is wide open. You can feel that man has crossed the earth, turned the earth. This small valley, this slope , has a gallant effortlessness and directness, and nothing would be cliché anymore if it wasn't so great. " From mundane reality, the painter's behavior has drawn an unusual ballad of life and quality.

Camille Pissarro | Jalais Hill | Pontoise 1867