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Lucien Pissarro Biography

The eldest son of the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro, Lucien, was born in 1863 in Paris. Taught by his father Lucien began his career as a landscape painter, but by the 1880s got interested in woodcuts and wood engravings and in 1884-1890 worked for the printer Manzi. In 1886 he participated in the 8th Impressionist exhibition with 10 paintings and graphic works. He was one of the first to join the Neo-Impressionist movement and exhibited at the first Salon des Indépendants. In 1888 he exhibited with the avant-garde group Les Vingt in Brussels. In 1890 he moved to England and became its citizen in 1916. In Britain he established friendly contacts with the Pre-Raphaelites and plein-air painters. In 1894 he founded the Eragny Press (the name comes from a place near Dieppe), which played a significant role in the development of European book art. In 1896 Lucien Pissarro left the Societe des Indépendants, and from 1904 exhibited at the New English Art Club, and later with the Fitzroy Street Group. In 1911 he became a co-founder of the Camden Town Group and in 1919 a co-founder of the Monarro group, which propagated Impressionism in England.

The correspondence between Camille and Lucien Pissarro is an important document of the Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist movements.

Lucien Pissarro died in London in 1944.


Henri Perruchot. La vie de Seurat. Hachette. 1966

Impressionist Art. 1860-1920. Edited by Ingo F. Walther. Benedikt Taschen Verlag GmbH. 1997

Painting of Europe. XIII-XX centuries. Encyclopedic Dictionary. Iskusstvo. 1999.

Neo-Impressionist Painters: A Sourcebook on Georges Seurat, Camille Pissarro, Paul Signac, Theo Van Rysselberghe, Henri Edmond Cross, Charles Angrand by Russell T. Clement, Annick Houze. Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999.