Lot 41
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Camille Pissarro

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Description

  • Camille Pissarro
  • Jeanne dite Cocotte, et Ludovic Rodolphe Pissarro sur un tapis
  • Stamped with the initials C.P. (lower right)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 12 7/8 by 16 1/8 in.
  • 32.7 by 41 cm

Provenance

Georges Manzana-Pissarro (by descent from the artist in 1904 and sold: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 25, 1906, lot 140)

Étienne Vautheret, Lyon (likely acquired after 1933 and before 1942)

René Pradeaud, Paris (acquired after 1946)

Knoedler & Co., New York (acquired from the above in March 1963)

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia (acquired from the above on July 23, 1963)

Thence by descent 

Exhibited

Lyon, Palais Saint-Pierre, De l’Impressionnisme à nos jours, 1942, no. 740

Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, French Paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon and Mrs. Mellon Bruce, Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Exhibition, 1941-1966, 1966, no. 30, illustrated in the catalogue

Literature

Ludovic-Rodo Pissarro & Lionello Venturi, Camille Pissarro, Son art – son oeuvre, Paris, 1939, vol. I, no. 621

Ralph E. Shikes & Paula Harper, Pissarro, His Life and Work, New York, 1980, n.n., illustrated p. 201

Joachim Pissarro & Claire Durand-Ruel Snollaerts, Pissarro, Critical Catalogue of Paintings, Paris, 2005, vol. II, no. 740, illustrated in color p. 492

Catalogue Note

The present work is one of the extraordinary compositions in which Pissarro turns his attention to his own family as a subject for his art. Jeanne dite Cocotte, et Ludovic Rodolphe Pissarro sur un tapis depicts the artist's daughter Jeanne-Marguerite (b. 1881), also known as Cocotte, and his son Ludovic-Rodolphe (b. 1878). Rodo and Cocotte were among the youngest of Pissarro’s eight children and were featured frequently in the artist's paintings. Later in life, Rodo would become an artist and publish the first edition of his father's catalogue raisonné in 1939.  

Throughout his career Pissarro lovingly portrayed his children in numerous paintings and drawings, many of which remained in the family’s possession. The present work was inherited by Georges Henri Manzana Pissarro (b. 1871), the third eldest of Pissarro’s children. Georges learned to paint by his father’s side and later worked in the Impressionist & Post-Impressionist styles. Georges was also a designer of textiles, furniture and glassware. A gouache study for the present work entitled Étude pour les enfants de l'artiste also formed a part of the Mellon Collection, acquired by Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon in 1969.  
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