Guillermo Solana, curator of the PISSARRO exhibition and director of the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, invited me to give my lecture on PISSARRO’S PLACES at the Thyssen last Tuesday. About 40 people heard the lecture in English or by simultaneous translation in Spanish. Many people asked interesting questions and some stayed afterward to share what they had learned from the PISSARRO exhibition that was in Madrid this past summer. It was a great honor to be asked to speak at the Thyssen. Thank you, Mr. Solana and Paula Luengo for your kindness and hospitality.
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Many thanks to the Barcelona Women’s Network and the Excellence Bookstore who sponsored my lecture on PISSARRO’S PLACES last Monday. About 25 people saw Pissarro’s paintings, the old maps and postcards, and current photos of the places he painted. Many people stayed afterwards to talk about Pissarro and the exhibition currently on view at the CaixaForum. A few asked me to sign their copies of PISSARRO’S PLACES.
One time is never enough for a PISSARRO exhibition. After seeing it in Madrid, I had to go to Barcelona to see it again. The exhibition is superb; the choices of paintings are thoughtful; and the diversity of Pissarro’s techniques is stunning! If you will be in Europe, go to Barcelona to see the PISSARRO exhibition at the CaixaForum.
PISSARRO’S PLACES is on sale at the CaixaForum and at the Excellence Bookstore in Barcelona.
Tags: Barcelona, Barcelona Women's Network, EXCELLENCE Bookstore, Impressionist, Pissarro, Pissarro's Places
PISSARRO’S PLACES will be the center of attention when I give my slide-lecture at the EXCELLENCE Bookstore in Barcelona, Spain on 11 November at 11:30 in the morning. This prominent bookstore is partnering with the Barcelona Women’s Network to sponsor the program. They will offer the book for the remainder of the PISSARRO exhibition at the CaixaForum. If you are in Barcelona, make plans to join us!
Slide-lecture by Ann Saul
EXCELLENCE Bookstore, C/Balmes, 191,Barcelona
11 November, 11:30 am
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Tags: auctions, Bonhams, Christie's, Eragny, garden, Impressionist, landscape, Pissarro, Pontoise, Sotheby's
When Christies, Sothebys and Bonhams have their semi-annual sales of Impressionist paintings, you never know what you’ll see! This is your chance to see the paintings up for sale. Most of them are from private collections and may not have been seen in public for a long time. Likewise, when the hammer falls on the auction block next week, most of these paintings will go back into private collections. We can only hope that the new owners will graciously share them for future exhibitions.
SEE THEM FOR YOURSELF!
Organize your own exhibition around the seven Pissarro oil paintings on view this weekend — all of them outstanding. Save the most time for Sotheby’s—they have five paintings on view: Lots 35, 39, 42, 44 and 58; Christies is offering one painting, Lot 44, and Bonhams has one spectacular painting Lot 23. All seven are shown in this blog.
AND THERE’S A SPECIAL BONUS ON SUNDAY AT BONHAMS!
2:00 pm on Sunday, 3 Nov 2013 at Bonhams, 580 Madison Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets
They request an RSVP by Nov. 1 email@example.com +1 212 644 9143
Here are the other paintings. They may look nice on the screen, but nothing compares with seeing them in person!!
Tags: Barcelona, CaixaForum, Camille Pissarro, Ennery, Impressionism, l'Hermitage, Pontoise
This charming landscape by Camille Pissarro was featured in the PISSARRO exhibition in Madrid. Perhaps it will also be included at the CaixaForum in Barcelona when the PISSARRO exhibition opens there on October 15.
Some of Pissarro’s paintings look deceptively simple—and this is a perfect example! The top third of the canvas is filled with grayish clouds and the lower two-thirds are green fields. A horse and buggy provide a pleasant focal point just off center.
So how do you explain the intrinsic sense of movement, steady as a pulse, that drives the action in the painting. It is only paint on canvas, but you really believe that the buggy is moving forward at a brisk clip. You know that the man on the left will meet the two women walking towards him, and that the tiny buggy on the hillside road will soon disappear from sight.
Underlying these believable elements is a dramatic geometric form—a large lazy Z figure that appears on the horizon just left of center (look for the tiny buggy), makes a sharp angle around the three tall poplar trees, and almost disappears at the left foreground before it forms the bottom of the letter leading to the two women. In a landscape that appears soft and curvy, this large Z is decidedly sharp and angular, dividing the fields into separate sections.
As if to heighten the excitement, Pissarro works each section in a different manner. Look closely at the space beneath the main road in the foreground. It is divided into four sections of grass, each of them different shades of green, and a small yellowish bridge. The section between the bottom of the Z and the strong diagonal from left to right includes six or seven different sections with small dark green trees at the top right edge of the canvas. The section between the top of the Z and the diagonal is mostly a rosy beige with patches of green but is bordered on the left by darker green. A mysterious pale green band leads our eyes to the three tall poplars at the angle. The distant space above the second road going up the hill appears to be rocky fields defined by a narrow line of tiny green trees on the horizon. Even the sky seems to be doing its part, with the dark clouds scudding away quickly leaving lighter, brighter skies near the horizon.
All the movement is grounded by the prominent arch of the small bridge in the right lower corner of the canvas. It is reflected in the rocks just to the left highlighted by the small white arrow formed by the road’s surface. The stability of the view is also anchored by the presence of a herd of sheep with their shepherd far in the distance just above the woman’s white cap.
Pissarro’s paintings are often subtle. They don’t scream at you with clashing colors and jagged edges, but a careful look reveals many intricate features and very often surprises.
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the book about all the locations Pissarro painted,
will be available in Barcelona at the CaixaForum bookstore.
Tags: abstract shapes, autumn, Barcelona, CaixaForum, Camille Pissarro, diamonds, focal point, Gothic cathedral, Guillermo Solano, Madrid, Marly, miniature painting, Museo Thyssen Bornemisza
ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT…. to see the PISSARRO exhibition in Madrid before it closes on September 15.
With this gorgeous painting from Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza’s own collection, we express our gratitude to the museum and to Guillermo Solano, the museum’s artistic director, for creating this incredible exhibition of Pissarro’s paintings. To be able to see these matchless paintings in this instructive context has enriched us and left us with a deeper understanding of the artist’s innovative genius.
The Good News is that on October 14, the PISSARRO exhibition will open in Barcelona at the CaixaForum, where it will remain until January 26, 2014.
The Woods at Marly gives us a hint of the autumn to come. The road through the trees is covered with golden leaves, yet some of the trees are still green. Streaming through the branches, the sun makes a bright patch on the ground. The limbs of the trees meet overhead forming a succession of arches like the aisle of a Gothic cathedral. A lovely picture, indeed.
Our movement down the road is marked by people–at the left edge, a woman bends to her task. About midway to the clearing are two women, one of them carrying a bundle of wood. Beyond the green grassy area, there appears to be another woman standing near a pond. Our eyes are drawn to the shiny reflection of light on water, which is much too small to be a real focal point. If that image were in the center, this painting would be almost symmetrical. But it’s not–it’s just to the left. And no matter how hard we try, we cannot look at the true center because our view is blocked by three dark tree trunks near the two women.
The tiny image itself is almost like a miniature painting on an old-fashioned brooch. It forces the rest of the canvas to serve as its frame. If we look closely at the little pond, we begin to see dark green brush strokes on each side that define a small diamond shape. Beyond the pond are two trees with green branches reaching up to another diamond shape of dark green leaves, a bold contrast to the shiny diamond.
True, the diamond shapes are only approximate, but they are distinct. This shows how early Pissarro was concerned with geometric forms, again pushing ahead of his contemporaries by enclosing abstract shapes in figurative paintings. This breathtaking painting of the woods on a sunny autumn day is so much more than just a pretty picture. Perhaps Pissarro hides these tiny treasures in the dense woods, just wondering if we will find them.
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PISSARRO, the exhibition
October 15, 2013 – January 26, 2014
PISSARRO’S PLACES, the book, is still available in the bookstore at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. It will also be available in the bookstore of the CaixaForum in Barcelona when the PISSARRO exhibition opens.
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ARTBOOKANNEX.com….After a year and a half
PEOPLE WORLDWIDE love Pissarro and enjoy his paintings.
In these 549 days, there have been 4003 views from 78 countries on six continents–that’s an average of 7.3 views per day! To all of you who love Pissarro, THANK YOU.