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"Camille Pissarro and his Descendants"
2000-01-29 until 2000-04-30
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA United States of America

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 American museum.

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.

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