ART BOOK ANNEX
Art Book Annex is a forum for discussion of art and art books. It includes reproductions of paintings with commentary and reviews of recent art books. You are welcome to add your comments, some of which may be published. However, all will be read and carefully considered. Other art writers are invited to submit articles to be considered for publication on the blog to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When the Art Institute of Chicago presented the Impressionist exhibition, “Day in the Country,” I was a volunteer. I was inexplicably drawn time and again to a painting by Camille Pissarro, who was unknown to me at the time. I began studying Pissarro and his art and also learned about his friends—Cezanne, Monet, and other Impressionists. My studies expanded from Pissarro to Contemporary Art and the Old Masters.
Over the years, I traveled to every place that Pissarro painted (except Venezuela) to better understand the “sensations” he described in his art. After a year’s study, I became a Docent at the Terra Museum of American Art (Chicago) and led groups through the museum’s collection, which overlapped with French Impressionism. When I moved to Philadelphia, I studied another year and became a Guide at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since then, I have written and lectured on Camille Pissarro, French Impressionism, and American Impressionism.
Being a writer by trade, I wrote a book called PISSARRO’S PLACES, which explores his life and work in relation to the many different places he lived and painted. It is set for publication in mid-2012. Another book is underway, called SEE FOR YOURSELF, a mini-guide to looking at art, which condenses the techniques I use when talking about art with groups. Another Pissarro book, this one for children, is in the planning stages.