Pissarro: The Four Generations
18 Dec 2003
Collins & Kent Fine Art

Collins & Kent are thrilled to announce their forthcoming exhibition -  a first for Australia.
We will be exhibiting work from four generations of the Pissarro family including oils on canvas by Camille Pissarro.
Pissarro: The Four Generations
18th December 2003 -11th January 2004
One hundred years after his death, the extraordinary legacy of Camille Pissarro lives on and is the foundation of an outstanding family tradition, which continues to be redefined and reshaped by successive generations of Pissarro artists.
This exhibition explores the rich artistic tradition of the Pissarro family with a selection of works, in a variety of mediums, by Camille Pissarro, his sons Lucien, Georges-Manzana, Félix, Ludovic-Rodo and Paulémile, their descendants Orovida and H.Claude, and, from the fourth generation, Lélia.  It illuminates the enduring nature of Camille Pissarro's Impressionist teachings within the family, while revealing the amazing diversity of talents and styles represented in these artists' works, all the more remarkable given their common root in Impressionism.
Camille Pissarro's great-granddaughter, Lélia, will be attending the opening of the exhibition and will be available for media interviews.   
Lélia, born in Paris in 1963, is the daughter of H.Claude and grand-daughter of Paulémile.  As a child she lived in Normandy with her grandparents and was taught to draw and paint by her grandfather, and at the age of only five she sold her first canvas to New York art dealer Wally Findlay.  However, unlike the other family artists in this exhibition, Lélia became an abstract painter before distancing herself from the avant-garde and returning to a figurative style.  She now takes as her inspiration the style of her great-grandfather, using as her subjects scenes of her native France and the English countryside.
Now living in London and combining her roles of artist, wife and mother of three children, Lélia has had exhibitions not only in London but also in Japan, South Africa, France, Switzerland and Israel.  Her work has also been included in two major museum exhibitions;  Pissarro - the Four Generations which toured Japan in 1998, and Camille Pissarro & his Descendants at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale in Florida in 2000.
Please do not hesitate to contact Anna Layard for further information, images and interviews with Lelia Pissarro.
Jacob Camille Pissarro, the undoubted master of the French Impressionist Movement, was born in 1830 and lived for 73 years producing some of the finest works of the Movement but, equally importantly, his paintings contributed to a change in the traditional perception of art at the time.
He was known not only for his fine painting but also for his ability to teach others; Gauguin, Van Gogh and Cézanne being three of his more renowned pupils. Camille Pissarro also taught all of his sons to paint but he recognised the need to limit his own influence on his children and, once they were competent with his Impressionist technique, he urged them to pursue an individual style. A harder but more caring taskmaster would be difficult to imagine; to the extent that four of his sons, Lucien, Ludovic-Rodo, Georges-Manzana and Paulémile became recognised in their own right. A fifth son, Félix, was also a talented artist but died at the early age of 23.
Both Lucien and Paulémile passed on this legacy; Lucien through his daughter Orovida and Paulémile through his son Hugues-Claude. Lucien’s and Orovida’s teacher-pupil relationship parallels that of Camille and Lucien in several ways, and she became proficient with the Impressionist technique before turning to a decorative style inspired by Japanese, Chinese and Indian art in the 1920’s. Like Orovida, Hugues-Claude was trained by his father as an Impressionist and has for many years painted in that style, although more recently a fresh bold approach to landscape and still life has emerged.
The tradition now continues through Lélia Pissarro, the daughter of Hugues-Claude, who studied with both her grandfather and her father although, unlike the other family members, she became an abstract painter before returning to Impressionism. Lélia now looks back to her great-grandfather’s style and to subjects celebrating the pastoral tranquillity of the late 19th century, painting scenes of her native France and the rural English countryside of her adopted home.
The extraordinary legacy of Camille Pissarro is the foundation of this outstanding family tradition which continues to be redefined and reshaped by successive generations of Pissarro artists, and it illuminates the enduring nature of Camille Pissarro’s Impressionist teachings within the family. It also reveals the incredible diversity of talents and styles represented in these artists’ works, all the more remarkable given their common root in Impressionism.

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