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As one of the most celebrated Post-Impressionist artists of our time, H. Claude Pissarro draws inspiration from everyday life and the bustling streets and lush gardens of his native France to create works infused with modernity, dynamic light and vibrant color. He continues in the artistic tradition of his family that began over 100 years ago with his grandfather, the legendary Impressionist Camille Pissarro. H. Claude Pissarro: Gardens & Grand Boulevards marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States in over 20 years, with a collection of significant works from the artist that demonstrate his continued reinvigoration of his family’s artistic legacy.

Incredibly, H. Claude Pissarro has been working for more than 70 years, exhibiting his first work at the age of 14. Since then, his artwork has been eagerly exhibited and collected worldwide, including in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England and the Barron Gerard Museum in Bayeux, France. In his 87th year, Pissarro remains as active as ever. This exhibition celebrates Pissarro’s endless passion for painting, presenting recent works whose intimate size and relatable subject matter elicit pure enjoyment.

The Golden Age:
17th-Century 

Dutch Painting

The Golden Age:
17th-Century 
Dutch Painting

The Golden Age: 17th-Century Dutch Painting

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The Dutch Republic of the 17th century enjoyed a period of unprecedented wealth and prosperity that became known as the Dutch Golden Age. Along with the economy, the arts flourished in the small European nation, revolutionizing the way art was made – and for whom. The Golden Age: 17th-Century Dutch Art presents a glimpse into this rich and intriguing era in the history of art through an exploration of the unparalleled riches and cultural confidence of the age.


The Golden Age:
17th-Century 

Dutch Painting

The Golden Age:
17th-Century 
Dutch Painting

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Route Enneigée avec Maison, Environs d'Éragny by Camille Pissarro

En Juillet Le Jardin Public
Oil on canvas
19 3/4 x 24 inches
Signed lower right, H.Claude Pissarro

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Lyora Pissarro

Lyora, the daughter of Lélia, represents the fifth generation of Pissarro family painters. She is renowned for her colorful, geometric landscapes that celebrate her artistic heritage despite their break with the impressionist tradition. The artist describes her works as creative journeys, “often winding, mostly enchanting and hopefully uplifting.” Monumental and whimsical, her topographical creations represent the Pissarro legacy of artistry updated for a 21st-century audience.

Memories of Snow by Lélia Pissarro

b. 1991

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Bords de l’Oise, Environs de Pontoise by Camille Pissarro

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Le Jardin d'Hugues à Montpelier
Pastel on card
14 1/2 x 20 1/8 inches
Signed lower left, H.Claude Pissarro

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Le Jardin Saint Luc
Pastel on card
14 5/8 x 20 1/8 inches
Signed lower right, H.Claude Pissarro

Annecy, La Rotonde
Oil on canvas
19 3/4 x 24 inches
Signed lower right, H.Claude Pissarro

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An Artistic Legacy

H. Claude Pissarro hails from a long and impressive line of artistic talent. The Pissarro family is recognized as the longest dynasty of artists in the history of Western art. Beginning with the famed Camille Pissarro, a founding member of the Impressionists, this family tree of creatives spans five generations and over one hundred years of incredible artistic output. Including a wide variety of styles, subjects and media, this family tree has had a lasting influence on the history of art — and an undeniable influence on H. Claude himself

Camille Pissarro is among the most important Impressionist painters, and one can argue that the movement owes more to him than any other member. He was also a born teacher, acting as an advisor to his contemporaries and passing the Impressionists’ legacy along to his own family. Camille had five sons: Lucien, Georges, Félix, Ludovic-Rodolphe and Paulémile, and each of them followed in their father’s footsteps. Paulémile would go on to teach his children, including H. Claude. Today, both H. Claude’s daughter, Lélia, and granddaughter, Lyora, continue in the family’s artistic tradition as well.

H. Claude Pissarro (right) sketching a bust of Camille Pissarro with his brother, Yvon (left), under the instruction of their father, Paulémile.

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Les Cygnes du Château
Pastel on card
14 5/8 x 20 1/8 inches
Signed lower left, H.Claude Pissarro

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H. Claude Pissarro & Corinne Puzenat Pissarro
Paul et Kim au Bord de L'Orne
Oil on Canvas
23 7⁄8 x 28 7⁄8 inches
Signed lower left, Corinne & Claude Pissarro

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H. Claude Pissarro & Corinne Puzenat Pissarro Le Bouquet de Sarah
31 7/8 x 25 5/8 inches
Signed lower right Corinne & Claude Pissarro
Signed again, titled and dated Avril 2000
Ireland on the reverse

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Left: Corinne and Claude Pissarro
Le Bouquet de Sarah
317/8 x 255/8 inches
Signed lower right Corinne & Claude Pissarro
Signed again, titled and dated Avril 2000
Ireland on the reverse

H. Claude Pissarro & Corinne Puzenat Pissarro  Paul et Kim au Bord de L'Orne
Oil on Canvas
23 7⁄8 x 28 7⁄8 inches
Signed lower left, Corinne & Claude Pissarro

Midi, Porte St-Martin, Mardi
Oil on canvas
19 3/4 x 24 inches
Signed lower left, H.Claude Pissarro

Midi, Porte St-Martin, Mardi
Oil on canvas
19 3/4 x 24 inches
Signed lower left, H.Claude Pissarro

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A Connection to Nature and the Past

Although the artist has lived a secluded life in remote Ireland with his family for nearly 30 years, H. Claude Pissarro’s subjects are predominately drawn from the countryside of his native France — subjects with a deep connection to the Impressionist tradition. From quaint villages to Parisian scenes, from intimate gardens to grand coastal views, Pissarro draws beauty from all his subjects. Nature and gardens, in particular, have provided endless inspiration for the artist. He has said that his primary need for his art was to “find tranquility, peace, solitude and isolation far removed from the suffocation of unnatural urban life... savoring the joy and beauty of untrammeled nature... paying tribute to my father who instilled this appreciation in me.”

In many of his works, Pissarro conveys this sense of simplicity by inviting the viewer on a journey back in time. These compositions capture Europe’s romantic past, populated with figures in 19th-century dress and historic details such as horses and carts, early model automobiles and cobblestone streets.

H. Claude Pissarro working in his studio, circa 1990.

A Connection to Nature and the Past

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Born in 1935 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, H. Claude Pissarro was named after his godfather, Claude Monet. He was taught to paint informally at home by his father, Paulémile Pissarro, youngest son of Camille Pissarro. Naturally, H. Claude’s predecessors encouraged him toward the Impressionist style that was the family’s heritage. Although he excelled in Impressionism, his work has evolved through a wide variety of subjects, techniques and styles, including abstract, minimalist and conceptual work. The artist has also experimented with various media such as installation art, engraving and lithography under the pseudonyms Hugues Pissarro dit Pomié and Isaac Pomié.

In the 1970s, he immersed himself in the conceptual art world, founding a contemporary art center in Paris and joining the avant-garde group known as Supports/Surfaces. In the 1980s, he began exploring applying paint with his fingers or manipulating it directly from the tube to create a tactile surface. This thick impasto is likewise embraced in his collaborative works with his wife, Corinne Puzenat Pissarro, as seen in this exhibition.

While experimenting with many different styles and media, H. Claude never severed ties with his representational background and the formative Impressionist background of his youth. He has returned to his signature Post-Impressionistic style utilizing oil paints and pastels in a vivid palette, and these are the artworks that best represent his highly celebrated mature style.

While experimenting with many different styles and media, H. Claude never severed ties with his representational background and the formative Impressionist background of his youth.

An Evolution of Technique & Style