Explore the work of 19th-century painter Camille Pissarro, who had an enormous influence on the impressionist movement and the artist’s who followed in his footsteps.
Bringing together works from the Ashmolean’s extensive collections and pieces on international loan, the exhibition features a range of paintings by impressionist pioneer Camille Pissarro and the prolific artists he influenced. One of the most celebrated artists in 19th-century France, Pissarro is widely considered a father-figure of Impressionism, inspiring major artists such as Claude Monet and Paul Cézanne.
Highlights on display include works painted close to places the artist lived, such as The Tuileries Gardens, Rainy Weather (1899), which depicts a rainy-day scene painted from the window of Pissarro’s Paris apartment, and Apple Harvest, Éragny (La Cueillette des pommes) (1887-1888), showing a scene near his house in Érangy. These paintings demonstrate Pissarro’s command of impressionist painting, but also his experiments with other techniques such as Pointillism (using tiny dots of colour to create a luminous effect).