C. PISSARRO Biography

H. Claude Pissarro, grandson of the 19th century renowned French impressionist Camille Pissarro, is the third generation standard bearer of the Pissarro line of painters.


Camille Pissarro, whose paintings have clearly taken their place in the annals of Western art history, was recognized not only for his great artistic talent, but for his innate teaching abilities as well.  Among his many pupils who were to also become of renown were his five sons and Paul Cezanne.  Lucien and Paulemile, Claude’s father, both became important figures in the post-impressionist school of painting.


Claude Pissarro, born in 1935 in the fashionable western section of Paris, Neuilly-sur-Seine, began to draw and paint as a young child under his father’s tutelage.  During his adolescence and early twenties he studied the works of the great masters at the Musee du Louvre and the Musee du Jeu de Paume under the supervision of his father and uncles.  Guided by their skill and knowledge, young Pissarro gradually developed and refined his own style and technique.


Now, after more than four decades, it has become obvious that Claude Pissarro has not only accepted the challenge that his forefathers’ legacy presented, but has also become an accomplished painter in his own right.


Currently residing in France’s Normandy region, Pissarro devotes his time to painting his French homeland:  breathtaking landscapes, delightful scenes of country life and charming harbor settings.  These works -in oil or pastel - attest to the fact that this artist possesses a highly refined knowledge of perspective, color composition and light effects.  For the viewer, the works of H. Claude Pissarro are pure, fresh and invigorating - like a breath of French country air.