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Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972)

Paulémile Pissarro, Camille’s youngest son, was born in Eragny in 1884. He was brought up in the artistic environment of the family home there, and, encouraged by his father, began drawing at an early age. Paulémile’s godfather was Claude Monet, who became his teacher and close friend, particularly after Camille’s death in 1903.

In 1905, Paulémile exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants for the first time, showing an Impressionist landscape entitled Bords de l’Epte à Eragny. Although his father had supported his desire to be an artist, his mother was eager for him to learn a more practical trade. In 1908, Paulémile put aside his artistic pursuits to work as an automobile mechanic and test-driver, then as a lace and textile designer, allowing him only a little time to paint. While Paulémile was still working at the lace factory, his brother, Lucien, who lived in London, asked him to send over some watercolours, and the sale of these encouraged Paulémile to leave the factory and dedicate himself to painting.

By the 1920s, Paulémile had become an established Post-Impressionist artist in his own right, sharing a studio with Kees Van Dongen and spending the summer months escaping from Paris with him and Maurice de Vlaminck. In 1924, Paulémile moved to Lyons-la-Foret, a small town near Eragny, where he painted his surroundings with great pleasure, returning again and again to the placid waters of the River Epte, winding its way among willows, meadows and hills.

During the late 1920s and early 1930s, Paulémile reached the peak of his artistic development, arriving at the individual style for which he is best known. In 1930, he visited an area called Swiss Normandy and instantly fell in love with this part of the Calvados region, especially the River Orne that runs through the valley adjacent to the villages of Clécy and le Vey. The combination of blue hills and green meadows, separated by the calm waters of the river, offered Paulémile a new setting for his work. Paulémile moved in 1935 with his second wife, Yvonne Beaupel, to Clécy, where he would remain until his death.

In 1967, Paulémile had his first one-man show in the United States at Wally Findlay Galleries in New York. This led to widespread recognition and a degree of professional success that few Pissarro artists have known during their lifetime. Since his death in 1972, Paulémile’s paintings have been exhibited around the world, and interest in his work continues to grow.;
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  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) Le Village de Landel Etching
    17.2 x 23.7 cm (6 ¾ x 9 ⅜ inches)
    Signed lower right, Paulémile Pissarro
    Numbered 2nd State No.1, lower left
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) Chaumière à Cantepie Etching
    19.5 x 24.3 cm (7 ⅝ x 9 ⅝ inches)
    Signed in the plate lower left, Paulémile Pisarro
    Signed lower right, Paulémile Pissarro
    Numbered lower left, 38/50
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) Le Cheval Blanc Oil on canvas
    54 x 73 cm (21 ¼ x 28 ¾ inches)
    Signed lower left, Paulémile Pissarro
    Executed circa 1935
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) Gathering Hay Watercolour and charcoal on paper
    24.4 x 32 cm (9 ⅝ x 12 ⅝ inches)
    Signed lower right, Paulémile Pissarro
    Executed circa 1940
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) Le Pont du Vey Charcoal on paper
    24.5 x 31.5 cm (9 ⅝ x 12 ⅜ inches)
    Stamped signature lower centre and upper right
    Executed circa 1940s
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) La Rivière Oil on canvas
    92 x 73 cm (36 ¼ x 28 ¾ inches)
    Signed and dated lower left, Paulémile Pissarro 1932
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) Les Rochers près de la Rivière Oil on canvas
    54 x 64.8 cm (21 ¼ x 25 ½ inches)
    Signed lower left, Paulémile Pissarro
    Executed circa 1940s
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) Geneviève Oil on canvas
    73 x 60 cm (28 ¾ x 23 ⅝ inches)
    Signed and dated upper left, Paulémile Pissarro 1929
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) Entrée du Bourg de Clécy - Neige Oil on canvas
    46 x 55 cm (18 ⅛ x 21 ⅝ inches)
    Signed lower right, Paulémile Pissarro
    Inscribed with title on the reverse
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) L'Abreuvoir Oil on canvas
    66 x 92 cm (26 x 36 ¼ inches)
    Signed lower left, Paulémile Pissarro
    Executed circa 1950s
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) L'Île des Oneaux Watercolour and charcoal on paper
    23 x 31 cm (9 x 12 ¼ inches)
    Signed lower right, Paulémile Pissarro
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) Neige à Clécy Oil on canvas
    46 x 55 cm (18 ⅛ x 21 ⅝ inches)
    Signed lower left, Paulémile Pissarro
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) The Cathedral at Rouen Oil on canvas
    55 x 45.8 cm (21 5/8 x 18 inches)
    Signed and dated 1924
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) Maisons au bord de l’eau Oil on canvas
    54 x 65 cm (21 ¼ x 25 ⅝ inches)
    Signed. Painted in 1914
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) Meules sous les Pommiers Watercolour and charcoal on paper
    25 x 32 cm (9 ⅞ x 12 ⅝ inches)
    Signed lower left, Paulémile Pissarro
    Executed circa 1940
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) Les Deux Barques Watercolour and gouache on paper
    25.5 x 32.5 cm (10 x 12 ¾ inches)
    Signed left, Paulémile Pissarro
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) Retour des Foins Watercolour and pencil on paper
    23.5 x 30.5 cm (9 ¼ x 12 inches)
    Signed lower left, Paul-Emile Pissarro
    Executed circa 1915
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) Fisherman in his Boat Etching
    9.5 x 11 cm (3 ¾ x 4 ⅜ inches)
    Signed and numbered 11
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) Two Women by a River Woodcut
    12.5 x 17.3 cm (4 ⅞ x 6 ¾ inches)
    Signed lower left and numbered 1/3
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) Pommiers en Fleurs Watercolour and charcoal on paper
    24.5 x 32 cm (9 ⅝ x 12 ⅝ inches)
    Signed lower left, Paulémile Pissarro
    Executed circa 1940s

  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) L’Orne – Contre-Jour Oil on canvas
    46 x 61 cm (18 ⅛ x 24 inches)
    Signed lower left, Paulémile Pissarro
    Inscribed with title on reverse of canvas
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) Pêcheur sur un lac Oil on canvas board
    64.5 x 54 cm (25 ⅜ x 21 ¼ inches)
    Signed lower left, Paulémile Pissarro
    Executed circa 1930s
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) Neige à Cantepie Oil on board
    38 x 46.5 cm (15 x 18 ¼ inches)
    Signed lower right, Paulémile Pissarro
    Executed circa 1950
  • Paulémile Pissarro (1884 - 1972) Port en Bessin Oil on canvas
    46 x 38 cm (18 x 15 inches)
    Signed lower right, Paulémile Pissarro