Oil on canvas, signed in monogram & dated 1906
22 x 25 in.
Provenance: John Bensusan Butt 1911-1977, hence by family descent
Literature: Recollections of Lucien Pissarro by John Bensusan-Butt, London 1977
Exhibited: Arts Council, Retrospective Exhibition of the Works of Lucien Pissarro
Jan-Feb. 1963.Travelled to Manchester Art Gallery 1963, Liverpool Art Gallery, Bristol, Dundee, Colchester and Ashmolean, Oxford
Lucien Pissarro was a landscape painter, printmaker, wood engraver, designer and printer of fine books. His landscape paintings employ techniques of Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism, but he also exhibited with Les XX. Apart from his landscapes he painted a few still lifes and family portraits. Until 1890 he worked in France, but thereafter was based in Britain.
Pissarro was born on 20 February 1863 in Paris. He was the oldest of seven children of the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro and his wife Julie (née Vellay). He studied with his father and was influenced by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. In 1886 he exhibited at the last of the Impressionist exhibitions. From 1886 to 1894 he exhibited with the Salon des Independents.
Pissarro first visited Britain in 1870-1 during the Franco-Prussian War. He returned in 1883-4, and in 1890 settled permanently in London. In 1892 he married Esther Levi Bensusan in Richmond. On 8 October 1893 she gave birth to their only child, a daughter, Orovida Camille Pissarro, who also became an artist. He met Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon and contributed woodcuts to their Dial. In 1894 he founded the Eragny Press and with his wife printed illustrated books until 1914.
In 1916 Pissarro became a British citizen. While in Britain he was one of the founders of the Camden Town Group of artists. In 1919, he formed the Monarro Group with J.B. Manson as the London Secretary and Théo van Rysselberghe as the Paris secretary, aiming to show artists inspired by Impressionist painters Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro. The group ceased three years later.
From 1922 to 1937 Pissarro painted regularly in the south of France, interspersed with painting expeditions to Derbyshire, South Wales and Essex. From 1934 to 1944 he exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. He died in 1944, in Hewood, Somerset.