The Pissarro Dynasty


M.S. Rau has announced its upcoming exhibition, “The Pissarro Dynasty: Five Generations of Artistic Mastery.” The new show will highlight the Pissarro dynasty, originating with the legendary Impressionist Camille Pissarro and enduring for over 100 years since his death.

From the organizers:

Camille Pissarro, "Route Enneigee avec Maison" painting
Camille Pissarro (1830-1903 | French), “Route Enneigée avec Maison, Environs d’Éragny,” Signed and dated “C. Pissarro 1885″ (lower left), oil on canvas, Canvas: 12 7/8″ high x 16″ wide, Frame: 22″ high x 24 5/8” wide
Brilliant white snow enlivens this wintertime landscape. The work is part of a long tradition of winter landscapes in the history of Impressionist art. Snowscapes by Pissarro, as well as his contemporaries Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley, are among the very best works created by these great masters of Western art. Pissarro triumphs in his depiction of the play of light over snow and the crisp atmosphere of the winter air, and this example clearly demonstrates the artist’s legendary eye for color, light and atmosphere.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will run through May 15, 2021 at the M.S. Rau Gallery at 622 Royal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. It will also be available for viewing online at

The show will highlight a collection of 25 significant works from five generations of Pissarro family artists. It will feature a wide range of styles, media, and subjects, including Impressionist masterpieces by Camille Pissarro and contemporary canvases of the current generation.

H. Claude Pissarro, "Embarquement pour le Havre" painting
H. Claude Pissarro (b.1935), “Embarquement pour le Havre,” 20th century, oil on canvas, 18 1/8″ high x 21 5/8″ wide; Frame: 25″ high x 28 1/2″ wide.
Brilliant colors and a modernist approach define this oil on canvas by Hugues Claude Pissarro. The artist’s work reflects influences not only from his grandfather, the Impressionist Camille Pissarro, but also from wider sources within Post-Impressionism. He developed a distinctive crosshatching technique both in his oil paintings and his pastels that lends his work a unique feel, one not replicated by any other artist, perhaps because it is so labor intensive. In this work, his aim is to re-capture the romantic past, a world which no longer exists where horses and carts thronged the streets and cars were a new invention. His figures are dressed in 19th-century fashion, and so we are taken on a journey back in time. “Embarquement pour le Havre” is exemplary of this aim, beautifully reflecting his preferred subject and distinctive style.
Georges Manzana Pissarro, "Bretonne a la Vache" painting
Georges Manzana Pissarro (1871-1961), “Bretonne à la Vache,” Signed, dated and inscribed “Manzana 1929 Pissarro / Pont Aven” (lower left), oil on panel, 21 1/8“ high x 25 1 /2” wide; Frame: 30 3/4“ high x 35” wide
Vivid color defines this Post-Impressionist work by the great Georges Manzana Pissarro. The third child of the Impressionist Camille Pissarro, Manzana’s unique style reveals both the influence of his father and his own distinctive interpretation of Post-Impressionism, particularly the work of Paul Gauguin. The oil captures a woman in the traditional costume of Brittany, a region of north-west France where Manzana visited often.

“This exhibition allows us to showcase not only Camille Pissarro’s impact on art history, but also his influence on the various talented painters within his own family,” said curator Rebecca Rau. “When I met Camille’s great great great-granddaughter Lyora Pissarro, she explained that her chosen profession, painting, is quite unoriginal given the family’s history! I felt an immediate affinity, being a 4th generation art and antique dealer.”

Counted among the most respected artists of the 19th century, Camille Pissarro was widely considered the father of Impressionism. Five generations of talented painters have sprung from the Pissarro lineage, from Camille and his sons to their descendants, including Lélia and Lyora, who continue to create.

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