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PAULEMILE PISSARO

 

1884 - 1972

As the last child of Camille Pissaro, Paulemile was undoubtedly close to his father. He saw him at the height of his powers, when he was utilizing his lifetime interest in artistic experimentation to create paintings that reflected his fascination with color and movement.

 

Paulemile was nurtured in an artistic atmosphere where creativity reigned. He enjoyed a childhood watching his father paint, following him around with an easel in the gardens at Eragny, attending school in Gisors, and indulging a growing interest in artistic matters on his own. However, when Paulemile was nineteen, his desire to paint was shattered by the death of his father. The devastating loss took him years to overcome.

 

Surrendering the dream to become an artist just like his father was extremely difficult for Paulemile. He worked for a while as an automobile mechanic and later as a textile designer. But he couldn’t ignore his passion for art and it soon led him to settle in a region near Chartres, where he began to create watercolors.

 

With the guidance of Claude Monet, one of his father’s closest friends, Paulemile rediscovered his artistic destiny. Monet urged him to become a landscape painter, to follow the lead of his father and the other Impressionists, and to maintain his family’s legacy.

 

Around 1914, Paulemile dedicated himself to the life of a painter. He continually enjoyed painting beautiful scenes along the Lieure River, where he was captivated by the light effects that the Impressionists had used. He translated what he saw directly onto the canvas with what could be described as a form of visual shorthand. In the tranquility of the countryside, Paulemile created numerous poetic studies that captured the charms of simple villages, rural farms, the changing seasons, old bridges, and picturesque roadways. He also traveled extensively throughout France, thriving on finding new sites to study, new atmospheric conditions, and subtle nuances of light that could often intensify his colors.