There have been many exhibitions of Camille Pissarro s work
over the last few decades, but Impressionism to the Present: Camille Pissarro
and his Descendants is unique. It is the first time a museum in the United
States has shown works by Camille alongside those created by his five sons,
three of his grandchildren and a great-granddaughter who all make up what
appears to be the largest dynasty of artists in the history of Western Art.
The exhibition will feature 157 works including significant
pieces by Camille Pissarro as well as works created by his five sons, three
grandchildren and his great-granddaughter.
This exhibition follows the same concept as Camille Pissarro
and the Pissarro Family, an exhibition that spent six months touring five
museums in Japan in 1998. It has again been planned and curated by Pissarro
family specialist David S. Stern and Impressionist and Twentieth Century art
consultant Talma Zakai-Kanner, although the original concept of presenting this
remarkable family to the public has been extended to include a greater focus on
Lucien, the eldest, and undeniably best known, of Camille’s artist sons. This
will take the form of a special display within the exhibition of twenty-two
works, the first time that Lucien s work has been shown to such an extent in an
There will also, for the first time, be a section within the
exhibition showing all four generations special talent for printmaking with a
display of prints from nine members of the family.
This exhibition is a major collaborative effort involving loans
from museums and private collectors around the world including Musée Orsay,
Paris; Musée Camille Pissarro, Pontoise; Tate Gallery, London; Ashmolean Museum,
Oxford; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Tel Aviv Museum; Museum of Modern Art,
Saitama; Hiroshima Museum of Art; Kagoshima City Museum of Art; New Orleans
Museum of Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Detroit Institute of Arts and the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, amongst many other illustrious institutions.
A fully illustrated colour catalogue will accompany the
exhibition and will feature specially commissioned articles; one by Camille
Pissarro scholar Christopher Lloyd (Surveyor of the Queen s pictures) and
another on the special working relationship between Camille and Lucien written
by leading Lucien Pissarro expert Anne Thorold. It will also contain an article
by independent scholar and international museum consultant Richard R. Bretell.