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Camille Pissaro: Letters to His Son Lucien Pissarro s weekly letters to his son Lucien, covering the dramatic period of Impressionism fromto the painter s death in , form what might be called a diary of the Impressionist school In these wise, reflective, warmhearted missives, Pissarro, called the father of Impressionism, presents the growth and development of Impressionism and the struggles of its practitioners, as well as pungent and evocative observations on the politics, literature, and daily life of France in the late th century But than anything, these letters reveal an artist elucidating the inner resources of his craft Lucien Pissarro, a contemporary of van Gogh, Seurat, and Toulouse Lautrec, was himself a student of painting, and it was to the young artist above all that his father communicated the unique and illuminating perspectives on art contained in these documents Brilliantly annotated and introduced by the renowned art historian John Rewald, and featuring a new preface by Barbara Stern Shapiro, Curator for Special Projects at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this edition of the Letters restores to print one of the most intimate and enjoyable views ever offered of the Impressionist period


10 thoughts on “Camille Pissaro: Letters to His Son Lucien

  1. says:

    Like Vincent van Gogh, Pissarro was not only a great artist but a prolific letter writer, particularly to his son, Lucien, who was also an artist Also like van Gogh, and like Marcel Proust, Pissarro stressed the need for one desiring to achieve a goal to work every day towards the completion of that goal, whether it is to become an artist, or write a master work, or whatever it is one s heart s desire to become and do He also, like Vincent and Marcel, had to go against the wishes of family t Like Vincent van Gogh, Pissarro was not only a great artist but a prolific letter writer, particularly to his son, Lucien, who was also an artist Also like van Gogh, and like Marcel Proust, Pissarro stressed the need for one desiring to achieve a goal to work every day towards the completion of that goal, whether it is to become an artist, or write a master work, or whatever it is one s heart s desire to become and do He also, like Vincent and Marcel, had to go against the wishes of family to become an artist and in Pissarro s case, to encourage his son to be an artist as well Pissarro s letters are inspiring, thought provoking and provide deep insight into the mind of this artist, writer and father


  2. says:

    A great insight intoe the world of the impressionists and in particular the struggles and frustrations met by the Impressionists while developing the style It s short letters which are easy to read so you can pick it up and put it down, but you inevitably keep on reading to find out the next installment.An easy read for anyone really.


  3. says:

    It was amazing to read this book and recognize so many of the same issues artists deal with today dealing with dealers, fickle collectors, not making sales, having to think about sales instead of making art, as well as the joy of making work and the worry of it being what you meant for it to be It was fun to get a look into the life of a painter during the late 1800s.


  4. says:

    Didn t finish but loved it.


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