Lucien Pissarro

Lucien Pissarro, born in 1863 in Paris, was the oldest of the Impressionist Camille Pissarro’s children. Lucien was taught by Camille, and was influenced by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac.

In 1886, Pissarro exhibited at the last of the Impressionist exhibitions, and from then until 1894 he showed with the Salon des Independents. During the Franco-Prussian war, in 1870-1, Pissarro visited Britain, returning in 1883-4, and settling in 1890. Two years later, he married Esther Levi Bensusan, with whom he had one daughter, the artist Orovida Camille Pissarro. Together with Esther, Pissarro founded the Ergany Press in 1894, which operated until its closure in 1914. For the majority of the 1910s, he painted landscapes of rural southern England. From 1922-37, he painted in the South of France as well as in England.

Pissarro became friends with Walter Richard Sickert and, in 1906, was made a member of the New English Art Club. He was also one of the founders of the Camden Town Group, and, in 1919, he formed the Monarro Group, which promoted artists inspired by Impressionist painters. From 1934 to 1944 Pissarro exhibited at the Royal Academy.