Camille Pissarro's lifelong interest in the human condition is unique among Impressionist landscape painters. From his early years in the Caribbean and Venezuela until his death in Paris in 1903, he produced a vast oeuvre of drawn, painted, and printed figures. He was also a committed reader of radical social, political, and economic theory, including the writings of French protoanarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, friends such as Jean Grave and Elisee Reclus, and the great anarcho-communist Peter Kropotkin. His profound knowledge of social philosophy, which informs much of his art, far exceeded that of any other significant painter of the period. From intimate studies of family and friends to scenes of bustling markets and rural harbor, Pissarro used his work to suggest the realities of everyday life as well as his visions of a harmonious world after the revolution. Richly illustrated with more than two hundred paintings, works on paper, and archival images, this compelling volume offers a definitive portrait of one of the most passionately political painters of the nineteenth century.
Hardcover, 304 pages