Pissaro the First of the Impressionists

Exhibition at the Marmottan Monet Museum   Until July 2nd, 2017  

Camille Pissarro, known as ‘Papa’ to his fellow-Impressionists, was the eldest of the group. Born in 1830 on the island of St. Thomas in the Caribbean, he was fortunate to have studied the works of an amazingly large number of renowned artists* of the 18th and 19th centuries, and he met and worked with most of them. He assimilated a wide range of techniques, and throughout his long career he searched restlessly and ceaselessly for a style that he could adapt and call his own.  

* including both Melbyes, Constable, Turner, Courbet, Corot, Millet, Daubigny, 15 fellow Impressionists, Gauguin, Seurat, Signac, Van Gogh and Cezanne

This exhibition displays 75 different Pissarro works, assembled from collections around the world, and provides numerous examples of the different styles with which he experimented. They can be broadly categorized as Impressionist, Neo-Impressionist and Post Impressionist works. What is striking, above all, is the clarity with which this exhibit displays the myriad facets of Pissarro’s oeuvre. This exhibit is not to be confused with the “Pissarro at Eragny” exhibition being shown in parallel at the Luxembourg Museum in Paris, about which we will dedicate our next post in this blog.



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