For the very fist time, art from five generations of the distinguished Pissarro family will be made available to the public at the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery, in Austin, Texas, June 1-30, 2014.
It is an art collection that spans more than 161 years, initiated by the renowned Jacob Camille Pissarro who was a leading figure of the Impressionist movement. The family selected the acclaimed Central Texas art gallery to premiere the extensive collection of 65 pieces because of a close connection to gallery owner Lisa Russell, and her reputation for handling masters and contemporary works. An artist reception on Saturday, June 7 from 6-9 pm offers the public a chance to meet the youngest Pissarro and burgeoning artist, Lyora.
For five generations, the Pissarro family has not only been creating art, but the family’s artistic patriarch Jacob Camille Pissarro was the undoubted master of the French Impressionist Movement. In addition to the importance of his own work in this movement, he taught art to the likes of Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Cézanne, as well as his own sons. And through his lineage, the impressionistic style was passed down, even continuing today to the youngest member of the Pissarro family, Lyora, age 21. She has more than 150 years of history and instruction to rely on from her family, her studies as Rhode Island School of Design, and of course inspiration for her art from her well-known artist mother Lelia Pissarro. It was through watching her mother’s transition as an artist that Lyora developed her own style of painting, clinging to the heritage of her great grandparents’ impressionistic style while appreciating the modernism of both her mother and grandfather H. Claude Pissarro.
Of the exhibit, Lélia says “My ancestors would be so proud to know that we are bringing all of their art into one place at one time. It will be the most cherished reunion of Pissarro artwork ever on display.”
Oil, drawings, pastels and watercolors will be available for purchase from the following Pissarro family members:
Lyora Pissarro (b. 1991), Lélia Pissarro (b. 1963), H. Claude Pissarro (b. 1935), Ludovic Rodo Pissarro (1878-1952), Paulémile Pissarro (1884-1972), Georges Manzana Pissarro (1871 – 1961), Lucien Pissarro (1863-1944) and Jacob Camille Pissarro (1830-1903).
ARTIST RECEPTION: An artist’s reception with Lyora Pissarro will take place on Saturday, June 7, from 6-9 p.m. The event is open to the public and an RSVP is requested. Signed art will be available for acquisition. The exhibit will be on display June 1-30, 2014. Russell Collection Fine Art, 1137 West 6th St., Austin, Texas 78703.
RSVP Requested: (512) 478-4440
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. (except for times mentioned above)
The Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery has assembled a permanent collection that includes approximately 100 original works spanning the history of art from 1600 to the present. It is the premier visual arts gallery in central Texas. The gallery uses its collection and resources to provide educational and cultural experiences for those who live in and visit Austin. Committed to infusing the permanent holdings with fresh offerings, the gallery presents clients with a continually growing and changing collection of world-renowned artwork.