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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, ABSTRACT PISSARRO, examines the abstract elements Pissarro invented and used in his paintings.  Publication is expected in the next few months.

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  1. 1 timruane24 June 19, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Dear Ms. Saul –
    I have this right, don’t I? You are the foremost authority on, and the most knowledgeable critic and historian of, Camille Pissarro. I myself am amazed. Your work, I think, is more impressive than the president of the United States’. I will be sure to read your PISSARRO’s PLACES, right after I am no longer broke.
    I do not know Pissarro as well as I should, but from the reproductions of his which I have seen, and having just learned at the National Gallery of Art what an influence he was on van Gogh and Cezanne and Gaugin, I would say he is, without doubt, one the most important figures in modern art history, perhaps the most important. But you, no doubt, already know these things.
    I am thrilled that you have seen some of my work and would sincerely appreciate it if you would give the body of my work your critical eye. I would love to know what you think of my art.
    All my best,
    Tim Ruane
    You might also want to take a look at my WordPress “About” to get an idea about my aspirations.
    Thank you so much.

  2. 2 Ann Saul June 20, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Thank you for your kind words. However, there are many more knowledgeable people than I–Joachim Pissarro and Richard Brettell, for instance. You can learn about their work online. I am not a critic or capable of giving an opinion on your photography, but I do find it very interesting. You have high aspirations! Good for you.

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