Highlights of the collection include early double-sided drawings executed by Camille Pissarro in Venezuela, an extremely rare drawing by Félix Pissarro (Camille’s third son, who died at the age of 23), and a group of works, which have been framed for the first time, that were executed by Georges Manzana Pissarro in Morocco, where he took refuge during the Second World War.
Lot 38, a black lead and ink on paper drawing titled A Horse Drinking From a Bucket, with Figures, also contains other drawings by the artist on verso. Executed circa 1852-1854, the graceful sketch showcasing Pissarro’s ability to draw in plein air is expected to make $12,800-$16,000 at auction.
Lot 79, a pastel-on-cardboard impressionist painting by H. Claude Pissarro (b. 1935-) is titled La Barque de L’Ile au Lac du Bois. A peaceful boating scene with adults and children in 19th-century attire, and lush foliage in the background, it is estimated at $8,000-$9,600.
Lot 61, a colorful mixed media work by Ludovic-Rodo Pissarro (1878-1952) depicts a woman holding a paintbrush in one hand and an artist’s palette in the other, and resembles early French poster art. It is emblazoned with the single word “Colour” across the top and the words “the Most Fascinating In The World” on the palette. It is entered in the sale with a $5,600-$6,400 estimate.
As the founding father of Impressionism, Camille Pissarro’s influence on artists such as Gauguin, Cézanne and van Gogh, amongst others, is profound. Camille similarly inspired his own family, with all five sons, followed by descendants of third and fourth generations, becoming talented artists.
Run by David Stern and Lélia Pissarro, the great-granddaughter of Camille, Stern Pissarro Gallery is the only gallery in the world to specialise in works of the Pissarro family.
About Stern Pissarro Gallery:
Stern Pissarro Gallery (originally Stern Art Dealers) was established in 1964 by Meir Stern, dealing in 19th-century paintings.
In 1984, Meir’s son David took over the running of the gallery. In 1988, following David’s marriage to Lélia Pissarro, great grand-daughter of Camille Pissarro, a separate department was set up dedicated to four generations of the Pissarro family.
In 2009, after 45 years in Notting Hill Gate, Stern Pissarro Gallery moved to St. James’s in the heart of London’s art district. Now jointly owned by David Stern and Lelia Pissarro, the Stern Pissarro Gallery is unique in the art world, specializing in work by Camille Pissarro and his five sons, followed by the third, fourth and fifth generations of the family.
The gallery collection later expanded to include other Impressionist and modern artists, and today contains a vast holding of 19th- and 20th-century art. Works range from French Impressionists to Post-Impressionists and School of Paris, with works by Renoir, Degas, Gauguin, Sisley, Chagall and Utrillo. Among the contemporary artists represented are Botero, Leger, Chagall and Damien Hirst.
Lélia Pissarro, having been given the droit moral, is currently working on the catalogue raisonné of Paulémile Pissarro. Along with Pissarro Stern Publications Ltd and her committee, Lélia is currently compiling a collection of research materials by Manzana and Ludovic-Rodo Pissarro. The archives will also now be responding to queries on those artists.
For additional information on any artwork in Stern Pissarro’s 50th Anniversary Fine Art Auction, call London 011 44 207 629 6662 or email email@example.com.
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