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Blossom, Sun and Mist, Chipperfield, Hertfordshire
Photo credit: University of Hull Art Collection

Blossom, Sun and Mist, Chipperfield, Hertfordshire 1914

Lucien Pissarro (1863–1944)

University of Hull Art Collection

Anglo-French painter and graphic artist, born in Paris, the eldest son of the celebrated *Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro (1830–1903). His four brothers all became painters. Lucien was taught and continuously coached by his father, and the letters they exchanged are valuable documents on late 19th-century art. Lucien visited England in 1870 as a child, worked there briefly in 1883–4, and settled permanently in the country in 1890 (although he often made trips to France), becoming a British citizen in 1916. Pissarro had a thorough knowledge of printing techniques, and in 1894 he founded the Eragny Press (named after a village in Normandy where his father lived). This was one of the most distinguished of the private presses that flourished at this time, creating books that existed primarily for the sake of their appearance—typography, illustration, binding—rather than their content.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)


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