Camille Pissarro arrived in London at the end of 1870. He was fleeing the Franco-Prussian war and was accompanied by his partner, Julie Vellay, and their two children, Lucien, aged seven, and Jeanne Rachel aged five.
London was a massive, commercially thriving city with commuters travelling to work on the expanding railway lines from their homes in the newly built suburbs. Pissarro was fascinated by these innovations.
His work allows us a glimpse of the rapidly growing outskirts of London in the nineteenth century.
Hello Mike - Thank you so much for those welcome comments and I am really pleased that you enjoyed my article. I do love Pissarro and his 'Upper Norwood in the Snow' is one of my favourite paintings. His output was incredible. Thanks for your post! :)
Excellent article and presentation of Pissaro's London years. The artwork in your article is also stunning!
Hello there Mira! Lovely to hear from you. Yes, London is wonderful - I love it and although we have our problems, it's basically a very tolerant and integrated city. I love the River Thames in particular as it is so changeable and majestic! Thanks for your comment Mira.
I love your articles, Kathleen! I like how you put the paintings in context :). Would love to live in London and have access to all the exhibits. I visited in 2011 and absolutely loved it, not just the museums but also various neighborhoods we strolled through, and the general feel of the city. What a great place!
Thanks CherylsArt! So glad to introduce you to a new artist! :)
I hadn't heard of Passarro before. Nice paintings.