The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, June 24, 2018

Marmottan Monet Museum presents monographic exhibition of Camille Pissarro
Camille Pissarro, La Place du Théâtre-Français et l’avenue de l’Opéra, effet de pluie, 1898. Huile sur toile, 73, 6 x 91, 4 cm. Minneapolis, Institute of Art, fonds William Hood Dunwoody © Photo : Minneapolis Institute of Art.

PARIS.- The Marmottan Monet Museum is presenting the first monographic exhibition of Camille Pissarro organized in Paris in nearly 40 years. Meticulously selected, 60 of his most stunning masterpieces — eight of which are being shown in France for the first time — hail from the greatest museums of the world and the most prestigious private collections. This remarkable ensemble of works tracks the trajectory of Pissarro’s life, from his youth in the Danish Antilles through his large series of urban tableaux featuring Paris, Rouen and Le Havre, all of which culminate to create a little-known portrait of the “first of the Impressionists.”

At the start of the exhibition, a self-portrait of Camille Pissarro welcomes the visitor. Seven sections retrace his career and bring to light the originality of his oeuvre, demonstrating that, even as a young artist, Pissarro always distinguished himself from his contemporaries. His initiation into painting took place on an island, far from Paris and from the beaux-arts academies. Two Women Talking on the Seaside, 1856 (National Gallery of Art, Washington), loaned for the first time to France, stuns with its exoticism and illustrates that Pissarro’s artistic beginnings had no parallel.

After moving to France in 1855, Pissarro quickly made the acquaintance of the future Impressionists. Like them, he was passionate about landscape and plein-air painting. He was, therefore, inspired by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot and by Charles François Daubigny, as evinced by the canvas Banks of the Marne (Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum), which hails from Glasgow. Following his research to environments surrounding Paris, he painted The Road to Versailles, Louveciennes, snow, 1870 (Stiftung Sammlung E.G. Bührle, Zurich) and The Road to Versailles, Louveciennes, winter sun and snow (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid), which are shown here for the first time in France. Pissarro was thus considered by Emile Zola as “one of the three or four painters of this time.”

The first to eliminate black and ochre pigments from his palette, Pissarro evolved to favor a lighter tone in his painting, typical of Impressionism. He would become one of the most engaged members of the group, and the only one to participate in all eight of their exhibitions. Numerous of his masterpieces, including Le Déversoir de Pontoise, 1872 (Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland) and Place du Vieux-Cimetière, Pontoise, 1872 (Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh) — which have not been shown in France for 35 years — demonstrate his artistic maturity and the triumph of Impressionism.

From 1883 onward, Pissarro explored the theme of the human figure and painted some of his most celebrated canvases, including La Bergère, also known as Jeune fille à la baguette or Paysanne assise, around 1881 (Musée d’Orsay, Paris), and Jeune Paysanne au chapeau de paille, 1881 (National Gallery of Art, Washington). In 1886, he evolved yet again. Pissarro turned away from Impressionism and embraced the explorations of Georges Seurat and the neo-Impressionists. This exhibition presents the most important masterpieces of this period, including La Cueillette des pommes, 1886 (Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki) and La maison de la sourde et le clocher d’Éragny, 1886 (Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis).

Finally, the two last sections of the show explore the large portraits and urban series to which the artist dedicated an important part of his late career. An extremely rare ensemble of views of Rouen, of Le Havre, of Dieppe and of Paris — four of which have not been seen in France for a century — invite us to discover an extremely little-known aspect of Pissarro’s oeuvre.

Painter of landscapes and figures, of country and city, of earth and sea, “the first of the Impressionists” and a champion of pointillism, Camille Pissarro never ceased to reinvent himself. The exhibition at the Marmottan Monet museum brings to light the extraordinary diversity of his dignified and poetic oeuvre, one that attained dimensions both humanist and revolutionary.

Today's News

April 16, 2017

Argentinian artist Adrian Villar Rojas transforms New York's Met rooftop into banquet

Major exhibition on Henry Moore launches new studios & gardens

Kunsthaus Zurich presents 'Vibrant Metropolis/Idyllic Nature. Kirchner: The Berlin Years'

Marmottan Monet Museum presents monographic exhibition of Camille Pissarro

The fantastic and wonderful world of Bosch, Brueghel, Arcimboldo on view at the Carrières de Lumières

Château La Coste presents Ai WeiWei's 'Mountains and Seas'

Carl Spitzweg encounters Erwin Wurm: Leopold Museum shows first Spitzweg exhibition in Austria

Children of the Light's first solo exhibition at Galerie Gabriel Rolt opens in Amsterdam

Group show of contemporary women artists on view at Jenkins Johnson Gallery

A Washington museum puts faces on America's wars

Almine Rech Gallery, Grosvenor Hill opens a solo exhibition by Ryoji Ikeda

New series of monotypes by Swiss artist Zilla Leutenegger on view at Galerie Peter Kilchmann

Nationalmuseum Sweden acquires Onkel Adam armchair by Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist

BP Portrait Award comes to Colchester's Firstsite

Queens Museum opens Anna K.E.'s first museum exhibition in the US

Pierogi opens exhibition of recent works on paper by Dawn Clements

The Lost Films of the Kursaal and rediscovered Laurel and Hardy film top the bill at Southend Film Festival

Spink to offer the George Cassim Collection of modern Greek coins and banknotes

Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations exhibits the work of Anne-Marie Filaire

Nazli Madkour, a solo show sparkling with the air of Spring

Exhibition offers a critical view of the role played by popular Indian imagery of the 19th and 20th centuries

JanKossen Contemporary to open gallery in Venice during the 57th Venice Biennale

The 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) announces first 21 artists for its 45th anniversary exhibition

Group exhibition showcases the breadth of printmaking by Icelandic artists

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Porsche Super Speedster offered for first time in 50 years at RM Sotheby's Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction

2.- Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens opens 'Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection'

3.- Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti stars Vincent Cassel as the famed French artist

4.- Stunning colored diamonds expected to dazzle at Heritage Auctions' Summer Fine Jewelry Auction

5.- US designer Kate Spade found dead at 55

6.- Vincent Van Gogh painting sells for over 7 million euros: Artcurial auction house

7.- Sir Stanley Spencer painting discovered hidden under a bed during a drugs raid

8.- Oxford's Bodleian Libraries unveil UK's first major Tolkien exhibition in decades

9.- Major exhibition at the Guggenheim explores decades of work by Alberto Giacometti

10.- World's largest freshwater pearl goes for 320,000 euros

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful