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Lucien Pissarro

Lucien Pissarro

*  1863 Paris
† 1944 London

The artist Lucien Pissarro was born on February 20, 1863, in Paris, the eldest son of the Impressionist Camille Pissarro. He grew up among the circle of artists around his father, including Cézanne, Manet, and Monet. Art lessons from his father helped establish Pissarro's interest and talent for painting, starting his career as a landscape painter. Beginning in 1880, the techniques of woodprinting and woodcutting came to the fore in his artistic interests. From 1884 until 1890, Pissarro worked for the printer Manzi. In 1886, he took part in the eighth Impressionist exhibition with ten paintings. He was one of the founders of the Neoimpressionistic movement and exhibited under that rubric in the "Salon des Indépendants." In 1888, he exhibited with the avantgarde group "Les Vingt" in Brussels. He emigrated to England in 1890 and became an English citizen in 1916. Pissarro founded the "Eragny Press" in 1894. He left the "Société des Indépendants" in 1896. Pissarro exhibited in the "New English Art Club" in 1904, then also with the "Fitzroy Street Group." He helped found the "Camden Town Group" in 1911 and the "Monarro Group" in 1919, which furthered Impressionism in England. The correspondence between Lucien and his father is an important document for the Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist movements. Lucien Pissarro died on July 10, 1944, in London.