This lavishly illustrated publucation illuminates Camille Pissarro's remarkable transformation from a Barbizon-style landscape painter to one of the leaders of the emerging Impressionist movement. This is the first major examination of the revolutionary landscape paintings Pissarro created between 1864 and 1874. During this pivotal decade in the artist's career, Pissarro produced his most beautiful and innovative canvases and his experimental techniques and vision laid the groundwork for an entire generation of painters. This publication brings together approximately 50 of these exquisite paintings, from key works included in the Salon exhibitions of the 1860s to a powerful selection of landscapes seen in the first Impressionist show of 1874. Many of these paintings are drawn from major museums around the world and rarely shown private collections.
Along with full-color reproductions and in-depth catalogue entries on the paintings are essays on the development of Pissarro's painting style from 1864 to 1874, and on the influence of place in his workacknowledging his formative years in St. Thomas and Venezuela as well as his fascination with the countryside surrounding Paris. Technical studies of several of the artist's paintings from the 1860s reveal new insights into the artist's creative process. This volume accompanies an exhibition organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art. It will travel to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Tennessee and the Milwaukee Museum of Art in 2007.
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About the Author
Katherine Rothkopf is the Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at The Baltimore Museum of Art and a specialist in late nineteenth-century French painting.
Table of Contents
• Lenders to the Exhibition
• Camille Pissarro and the Essence of Place - Christopher Lloyd
• Camille Pissarro: From Barbizon Student to Impressionist Innovator - Katherine Rothkopf
• Catalogue of the Exhibition - Katherine Rothkopf, Gülru Çakmak
• Technical Notes
• Chronology of the Artist's Life
• Selected Bibliography
• Photographic Credits
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I saw an exhibition of Pissarro paintings in San Francisco last year and wanted to learn more about the man and his paintings. I had very limited knowledge of him beforehand, but knew that his paintings had appealed to me on some indefineable level. I found this book to be an excellent presentation of Pissarro's early work and his development as a landscape painter in the years before the Impreesionist movement took hold. There are several really good essays included in this book along with a catalogue of paintings held in several cities from 2006 to 2008 with excellent descriptions and discussions. I wish I had seen the exhibition but this book really educated me on the paintings. I liked this a lot. The book helped me understand the artist. The author in trying to define Pissarro's landscape work selects the beginnings of a William Blake poem, which I found quite apt: To see a World in a Grain of sandAnd Heaven in a Wild Flower,Hold Infinity in the palm of your handAnd eternity in an hourPissarro's landscapes really capture a rural France becoming more modern, and preserve it for us, perhaps for infinity, but certainly for now.