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Artwork of the Week – Camille Pissarro


Liverpool artwork of the week, 2011-08 – ‘Pommiers dans une prairie’ by Camille Pissarro in ‘A Collector’s Eye: Cranach to Pissarro’ at the Walker Art Gallery. 18 February – 15 May 2011

One of my favourites from this unique exhibition of paintings from David Lewis’s private collection.
Five centuries of art and 64 works ranging from tender 15th-century devotional images to 19th-century French Impressionist landscapes. Old Master artists Rubens, El Greco, Delacroix and Cranach are included alongside Impressionists such as Pissarro and Sisley.

Pissarro is seen by some as the ‘father’ of Impressionism. He was the oldest of the group and the only one to show in all eight of its exhibitions between 1874 and 1886. By the 1890s he was a committed anarchist and often included rural labourers in his paintings, as here.

By the mid 1880s Pissarro was living in the village of Eragny-sur-Epte (north-west of Paris). He converted a field barn into a studio where he worked. He briefly adopted a ‘pointilliste’ technique, painting in dabs of pure colour, which give his paintings a bright luminous quality. Text from the Walker