Info: The Museo Thyssen‐Bornemisza is presenting the first monographic exhibition in Spain on the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro (1830‐1903). The exhibition brings together 79 works loaned from numerous museums and collections world‐wide, including a famous palette on which the artist painted a rural scene using all the colours of the spectrum. Landscape, the prevailing genre within Pissarro's oeuvre, provides the focus of the exhibition, which is organised chronologically around the different places in which the artist lived and worked. While Pissarro spent most of his life in villages such as Louveciennes, Pointoise and Éragny, the last two rooms in the exhibition are devoted to the urban views that he painted in the last decade of his life, including his numerous depictions of Paris, London, Rouen, Dieppe and Le Havre.
Curated by Guillermo Solana with Paula Luengo as technical curator and produced by the staff of the Museo Thyssen‐Bornemisza, this exhibition will firstly be shown in Madrid, from 4 June to 15 September, after which it opens on 15 October at the CaixaForum in Barcelona. The catalogue includes an essay by the curator, a chronology by Paula Luengo and two texts by the leading specialists on Pissarro: Richard R. Brettell and Joachim Pissarro (a descendent of the artist).
Script: 00.00 “The new garden terraces at the Thyssen museum are a perfect place to rest either before or after visiting “Pissarro”. It’s the star exhibition of Madrid’s summer season.
00.12” 79 works from the world’s leading museums form a unique retrospective, commissioned by Guillermo Solana, the Museum’s artistic director.
00.23” [Guillermo Solana, Artistic Director of Thyssen Museum and Curator of “Pissarro” exhibition] You’ve got to come and see it because this is the first exhibition of Pissarro in Spain and it’ll be quite a while before we see another retrospective like this…
What’s more, Pissarro is one of the great unsung founders of modern painting.
00.42” Camille Pissarro was a master of masters; a reference point for the leading figures of modern painting.
00.48” [Guillermo Solana] In a movement as individualistic as Impressionism, where Monet, Renoir and almost all of the painters were not that interested in creating disciples - Pissarro was the one who gave himself most generously to young artists…
He helped Cezanne to learn what impressionism was; he taught Gauguin and helped him to become a professional painter; probably he gave advice to Van Gogh during the 1880s; he also helped neo-impressionists, like Seurat and Seignac; and even Matisse.
01.24” The exhibition at the Thyssen Museum is organised chronologically, following Pissarro through his different homes. Starting in Louveciennes.
01.33” [Guillermo Solana] This is a remarkable period; from 1869 to 1872 in a village called Louveciennes, near the River Seine. Pissarro worked with Monet and together they created impressionism or one of the versions of impressionism…
This painting, “The Road to Versailles”, is owned by Baronness Thyssen. It’s the place where Pissarro lived and the theme is the same as numerous paintings of this period.
02.01” Later he moved to Pontiose, where figures from his family occasionally appear in his paintings, like his wife or his daughter Minette.
02.12” The views from his home in Eragny are rustic scenes, kitchen gardens, moments of country life that Pissarro captures with a sober effectiveness.
02.23” [Guillermo Solana] For most of his life, Pissarro was a rural painter and specifically a painter of France’s interior landscape. He always lived in villages near the Seine River. But then, in his 60s, he seemed to become tired of that rural landscape;
and he was also suffering from a disease, an eye infection, which prevented him from painting in the open air. So that’s when he starts painting cities. He always follows the same procedure: he finds a hotel with a good view, he chooses a room, installs his studio there, and in 3 months he paints a series of 13, 14, 15 or 20 paintings.
03.05” If there’s one constant feature of Pissarro’s compositions, it’s the thoroughfare… in the form of a country path… a city avenue… or a waterway, in his later years
03.19” I always draw this distinction. Monet is a painter of water and Pissarro is a painter of land. Until very late in his career Pissarro didn’t really pay much attention to water. Then suddenly in his last decade he did.
03.36” [Guillermo Solana] “Pissarro” can been seen at the Thyssen Museum from 4 June to 15 September. A pictorial journey that, to a large extent, traces the route of modern painting.
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