The definitive portrait of Camille Pissarro
This definitive portrait of Camille Pissarro by one of the world’s foremost authorities on Impressionism and French painting reveals the deep connection between Pissarro’s humanitarian concerns and his creative output.
Exhibition Itinerary: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts June 12–October 2, 2011
Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California October 22, 2011–February 26, 2012
Published in association with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
Throughout his career, the Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro produced a vast oeuvre of paintings, drawings, and prints inspired by his fascination with and commitment to politics. Many of these works reflect the tensions between his anarchist ideals and the realities of life in a capitalist society, however, most examinations of Pissarro have approached his art and politics as separate spheres. Published to accompany a major exhibition, this survey by a renowned expert on Impressionist painting offers a selection of canvases and works on paper that embody Pissarro’s pictorial humanism at the highest level. Exhaustive archival study, interviews with surviving family members, and research drawn from thousands of newly discovered letters inform this rich and authoritative book. Including individual portraits of each of the family members Pissarro so often inserted into his paintings, it also examines his relationships with fellow artists, writers, neighbors, merchants, and domestic servants. The result is a refreshing and landmark reconsideration of the artist’s magnificent body of work.
Richard R. Brettell
Richard R. Brettell is the Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetics at the University of Texas and former Director of the Dallas Museum of Art. He is the author of numerous books on art.