Description: CAMILLE PISSARRO (1830-1903) – Le chemin de fer – Lower Norwood
stamped with the artist’s initials ‘C.P’ (lower right), inscribed ‘neige’ (lower left) and ‘Lower Norwood’ (upper right) watercolour, pen, brown ink and pencil on paper, 15.8 x 19.6cm (6 1/4 x 7 11/16in). Framed dimensions: 30 x 35.6 cms Executed circa 1870 – 1871
Dr. Joachim Pissarro has kindly confirmed that this work will be included in the forthcoming Camille Pissarro catalogue raisonné of Drawing and Watercolors.
Private collection. J.P.L. Fine Arts, London, no. PIS 133/1516. Acquired from the above by the present owner in the 1980s. PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE LONDON COLLECTION
London, The Barbican Art Gallery, The Image of London, 6 August – 18 October 1987.
Camille Pissarro (1830 1903) was a Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter born on the island of St Thomas (now in the US Virgin Islands, but then in the Danish West Indies). His importance resides in his contributions to both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Pissarro studied from great forerunners, including Gustave Courbet and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. He later studied and worked alongside Georges Seurat and Paul Signac when he took on the Neo-Impressionist style at the age of 54. In 1873 he helped establish a collective society of fifteen aspiring artists, becoming the “pivotal” figure in holding the group together and encouraging the other members.
Pissarro is the only artist to have shown his work at all eight Paris Impressionist exhibitions, from 1874 to 1886. He “acted as a father figure not only to the Impressionists” but to all four of the major Post-Impressionists, Georges Seurat, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin.