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Lucien Pissarro
(1863 — 1944)

Lucien Pisarro was a British painter and engraver of French origin. Born in Paris in 1863, Pissarro was the eldest child of the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro. Surrounded by art from a very early age, Pissarro received artistic instruction from his father. In 1886, Pissarro exhibited alongside his father in the last Impressionist exhibition. In the same year, the artist participated in the first of many exhibitions at the Societé des Artistes Indépendants in Paris where he would later serve on the Hanging Committee alongside his famed Neo-Impressionist contemporaries. The artist’s paintings were almost exclusively based upon the landscape around him, though he did execute a number of portraits of his family.


Though Pissarro had previously visited and worked in England for a short while in the early-1870s and mid-1880s it was not until 1890 that the artist relocated to England permanently. Pissarro settled in London, and was quickly welcomed in to the artistic community. He regularly lectured at the Art Workers Guild in London on the subject of Impressionism whilst continuing to paint his distinctive landscapes. Between the years 1893 to 1897 Pissarro lived and worked in Epping, Essex before moving to Chiswick, London. In 1904 the artist exhibited with the New English Art Club and later joined the Fitzroy Street Group in 1907, many of whom went on to form the Camden Town Group in 1911. Pissarro, with his direct connection to Impressionism and successful career as part of the Neo-Impressionist movement, proved to be a great influence on the young British artists he came to befriend. Alongside his successful career in painting, Pissarro was an accomplished illustrator and wood engraver. In his home in Epping the artist had established the Eragny Press, a project which published 32 hand crafted books between the years 1894 to 1914 primarily using Pissarro’s coloured woodcut engravings and handwritten text. The artist participated in his first solo exhibition in London in 1913, and exhibited widely throughout England in the years to follow. In 1934 Pissarro first began showing at the Royal Academy, continuing to paint and illustrate late in to his career. The artist died in 1944. His work is featured in a number of collections including that of the Tate, London.