Pissarro in Eragny… Nature Regained

Camille Pissarro’s painting went from Impressionism to Pointillism and back again to Impressionism during his years in Eragny (Normandy) where he lived from 1884 until his death in 1903. The exhibition “Pissarro à Eragny” at Paris’ Musée du Luxembourg focuses on the artist’s work during those years. The exhibition runs parallel to “Pissarro, Le Premier des Impressionnistes,” (retrospective) at the Musée Marmottan Monet. Pissaro immortalized the village of Eragny-sur-Epte through the seasons while idealistically depicting French country life —apple pickers, haymakers, peasant girls skinny-dipping— portraying a rural utopia.

Pissarro was the only painter to exhibit in all eight Impressionist exhibitions organized between 1874 and 1886.  In addition to such classics as “La Cueillette des Pommes” this remarkable exhibition includes a rare look at a collection of drawings “Turpitudes Sociales” (social disgraces) where Pissarro reveals his anarchist political views. Each pen and ink drawing— very different from his “sunny” rural paintings— depicts a scene of disgrace, hardship or scandal. The drawings  were not intended for public display, rather they were sent to educate his nieces in London about the evils of capitalism. “Pissaro à Eragny” and “Pissaro, Le Premier des Impressionnistes” are two complementary exhibitions revisiting the genius of an artist.

“Pissaro à Eragny, la nature retrouvée” to July 9, 2017 at Musée du Luxembourg

“Pissaro, Le Premier des Impressionnistes,” to July 2, 2017 at Musée Marmottan