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Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968)

Orovida, the only child of Lucien and Esther Pissarro, was the first woman in the Pissarro family to become a professional artist and the first Pissarro of her generation to take up painting. Born in Epping, England, in 1893, she lived and worked predominantly in London, where she was a prominent member of several British arts clubs and societies.

She first learned to paint in the Impressionist style from her father and, after a brief period of formal study with Walter Sickert in 1913, she renounced formal art schooling.

Throughout her career, Orovida always remained outside mainstream British art movements. Much to Lucien's disappointment, she soon turned away from naturalistic painting and developed an unusual style that combined elements of Japanese, Chinese, Persian and Indian art. Her rejection of Impressionism, which, for the Pissarro family, was a way of life, and her simultaneous decision to drop her famous last name and use simply Orovida as a nom de peintre, reflected a desire for independence from the family legacy, of which she nevertheless remained proud.

Orovida's most distinctive works are her paintings of the 1920s and 30s in gouache (she called her mixture bodycolour) and tempera, applied in thin, delicate washes to silk, linen, paper or gold leaf and embellished with brocade borders. These elegant and richly decorative works generally depict non-Western subjects, for example: Mongolian horse-riders, African dancers and Persian princes, often engaged in activities such as dancing or hunting rituals.

The second half of Orovida's painting career is marked by a dramatic change in both style and subject matter. In the mid-1940s, she began to embrace contemporary subjects from everyday life and returned to a more naturalistic style. Her new style was more suited to oils, and thus, she returned to that media.

Throughout her life, Orovida was aware of the mixed blessing of having famous artists in the family; not only a grandfather and father but also four uncles, and towards the end of her life, she was instrumental in developing the Pissarro family archive that her mother had established at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
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  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Siamese Cat with Kittens Egg tempera on linen
    39 x 48 cm (15³/₈ x 18⁷/₈ inches)
    Signed lower right Orovida and dated lower left 1934
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Dinka with a Bongo Egg tempera on linen, laid on board
    85 x 62.3 cm (33 ½ x 24 ½ inches)
    Signed and dated lower right Orovida 1937
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Migration Egg tempera on linen laid on board
    76 x 101 cm (29 ⅞ x 39 ¾ inches)
    Signed and dated lower right Orovida 1934
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Ice Cream Picnic Oil on board
    101 x 76 cm (39 ¾ x 29 ⅞ inches)
    Signed and dated lower left Orovida 1953
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Spring (Primrose Gathering) Oil on board
    101.5 x 76.4 cm (40 x 30 inches)
    Signed and dated lower centre Orovida 1956
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Exercising Ponies Oil on board
    101.5 x 76 cm (40 x 30 inches)
    Signed and dated lower right Orovida 1954
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Mowgli and Bagheera Oil on canvas
    71 x 91 cm (28 x 35 ⅞ inches)
    Signed and dated lower left Orovida 1959
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) The Monkey Killer Oil on canvas
    76 x 101 cm (29 ⅞ x 39 ¾ inches)
    Signed and dated lower right Orovida 1963
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Caterwaul Oil on canvas
    51 x 61 cm (20 ¹/₈ x 24 inches)
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Winter (The Skaters) Egg tempera on linen
    91.5 x 114.3 cm (36 x 45 inches)
    Signed and dated lower left Orovida 1936-38
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Father, Daughter and Horse Oil on canvas
    60 x 73 cm (23 ⅝ x 28 ¾ inches)
    Signed and dated lower centre Orovida 1947
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) The Window Box Egg tempera on linen
    66 x 93 cm (26 x 36 ⅝ inches)
    Signed and dated upper left Orovida 1938
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Migrating Horses Oil on canvas
    71.1 x 81.4 cm (28 x 32 inches)
    Signed and dated lower right Orovida 1959
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Nylons and Bric-a-Brac Oil on canvas
    73 x 60 cm (28 ³/₄ x 23 ⁵/₈ inches)
    Signed and dated upper right Orovida 1951
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) The Fortune Teller Oil on canvas
    60 x 73 cm (23 ⁵/₈ x 28 ³/₄ inches)
    Signed and dated upper right Orovida 1950
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Cat and Mouse Oil on canvas
    61 x 51 cm (24 x 20 ⅛ inches)
    Signed and dated lower centre Orovida 1948, altered by the artist in 1966
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Tom Cat Oil on canvas
    51 x 61 cm (20 ¹/₈ x 24 inches)
    Signed and dated lower left Orovida 1961
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) The Cattery Oil and pencil on canvas
    61 x 51 cm (24 x 20 ⅛ inches)
    Signed and dated upper right Orovida 1964
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Gazelles Watercolour, hand-coloured over an etching
    27.5 x 17.5 cm (10 ⅞ x 6 ⅞ inches)
    Signed lower right Orovida
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Pilgrims Watercolour and charcoal on paper
    39 x 50.5 cm (15 ⅜ x 19 ⅞ inches)
    Signed lower left with initials OGP Executed circa 1908
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) The Calf Watercolour, hand-coloured over an etching
    17.5 x 23.2 cm (6 ⅞ x 9 ⅛ inches)
    Signed, titled and dated 1949
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Landscape with Gate Pencil on paper
    25.7 x 20.4 cm (10 ¹/₈ x 8 inches)
    Executed circa 1917
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Trees in Yellow Landscape Watercolour on paper
    18 x 25.7 cm (7 ¹/₈ x 10 ¹/₈ inches)
    Executed in 1917
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Study of Tiger Pencil on paper
    20 x 26 cm (7 ⅞ x 10 ¼ inches)
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) A Study of Human Head and Tiger Pencil on paper
    25.5 x 20 cm (10 x 7⁷/₈ inches)
    Executed circa 1917
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Landscape Pencil on paper
    19.3 x 25.7 cm (7 ⁵/₈ x 10 ¹/₈ inches)
    Executed circa 1917
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Ceremonial Dance Etching
    19.2 x 24.8 cm (7 ½ x 9 ¾ inches)
    Signed and dated lower right Orovida 1927
    Inscribed lower left Final state no. 12/35 and titled lower middle
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) The Hunting Prince Etching
    15 x 20 cm (5 ⅞ x 7 ⅞ inches)
    Signed and dated lower right Orovida 1926
    Inscribed lower left Trial proof no.14 and titled lower middle
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Tiger and Python Etching
    22.5 x 27 cm (8 ⅞ x 10 ⅝ inches)
    Signed, inscribed with title and dated 1917
    State 1, no. 9/10
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Pouncing Tiger Pencil on paper
    18.1 x 25.7 cm (7 ⅛ x 10 ⅛ inches)
    Executed circa 1917
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Study of Crouching Tiger Pencil on paper
    25.7 x 22.5 cm (10 ⅛ x 8 ⅞ inches)
    Executed circa 1917
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Lioness in Profile Pencil on paper
    20.3 x 27 cm (8 x 10 ⅝ inches)
    Executed circa 1917
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Curves Etching, trial proof no. 54
    20.2 x 15 cm (8 x 5 ⅞ inches)
    Signed and dated lower right Orovida 1919
    Inscribed lower left Trial proof no. 54 and titled lower middle
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Study of Large Wild Cat Head Pencil on paper
    20 x 26 cm (7 ⅞ x 10 ¼ inches)
    Executed circa 1917
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) La Toilette Etching, 1st slate
    18.8 x 15.8 cm (7 ⅜ x 6 ¼ inches)
    Signed and dated 1916, numbered 1/3
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Laying the Ghost Etching
    39 x 26.3 cm (15 ⅜ x 10 ⅜ inches)
    Signed and dated lower right Orovida 1932 Numbered lower left 1/9 and titled lower middle
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Mare and Foal Etching
    15.6 x 20.7 cm (6 ¹/₈ x 8 ¹/₈ inches)
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Rupert Rides Etching
    31 x 23.5 cm (12 ¼ x 9 ¼ inches)
    Signed and dated lower right Orovida 1952
    Inscribed final state 13/50 lower left and titled lower middle
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Chatter Etching
    26 x 19 cm (10 ¹/₄ x 7 ¹/₂ inches)
    Signed and dated lower right Orovida 1927
    Inscribed lower left Trial proof no. 18/25 and titled lower middle
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Cheetah Etching, 28/50
    19.2 x 24.5 cm (7 ½ x 9 ⅝ inches)
    Signed and dated lower right Orovida 1930
    Numbered lower left 28/50 and titled lower middle
     
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Fear Ridden Etching
    12.8 x 17.5 cm (5 x 6 ⅞ inches)
    Signed and dated lower right Orovida 1926
    Inscribed lower left Final state no. 12/23 and titled lower middle
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Pig Sticking Etching
    17.3 x 27.4 cm (6 ¾ x 10 ¾ inches)
    Signed and dated lower right Orovida 1931 Numbered lower left 26/50 and titled lower middle
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) The Horse Herds Etching
    18.5 x 23.5 cm (7 ¼ x 9 ¼ inches)
    Signed and dated lower right Orovida 1928
    Inscribed lower left Final State no. 3/40 and titled lower middle
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Lutte d'Étalons Etching
    17 x 27 cm (6 ¾ x 10 ⅝ inches)
    Signed lower right Orovida
    Titled and dedicated lower middle à Paulémile Pissarro Inscribed lower left Épreuve d'artiste
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Fear Etching
    26 x 19.5 cm (10 ¼ x 7 ⅝ inches)
    Signed and dated lower right, Orovida 1917
    State 2, trial proof no.2
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) The Nomads Etching
    18 x 25 cm (7 ⅛ x 9 ⅞ inches)
    Signed and dated lower right Orovida 1925
    Inscribed lower left Final state 32/42 and titled lower middle
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) La Poursuite Etching with aquatint
    17.2 x 12.5 cm (6 ³/₄ x 4 ⁷/₈ inches)
    Signed and dated lower right Orovida 1917 Inscribed lower left Final State Trial proof no. 1
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Peccary's and Tiger Pranks Etching and aquatint
    31.5 x 23 cm (12 ⅜ x 9 inches)
    Signed and dated lower right Orovida 1925
    Inscribed lower left Final state no. 8/30 and titled lower middle
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Stampede Etching
    17.8 x 27.8 cm (7 x 11 inches)
    Signed, inscribed with title and dated 1930
    Numbered 21/50
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) Zebra and Foal Etching
    20 x 17.3 cm (7⁷/₈ x 6³/₄ inches)
    Signed and dated lower right Orovida 1938
    Titled lower middle and numbered 4/50 lower right
  • Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893 - 1968) The Ambush Etching
    17.5 x 28 cm (6 ⅞ x 11 inches)
    Signed and inscribed
    Working print no. 2

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