Lot 131
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CAMILLE PISSARRO | Portrait de Félicie Vellay Estruc

80,000 - 120,000 GBP
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  • Camille Pissarro
  • Portrait de Félicie Vellay Estruc
  • signed C. Pissarro (upper right)
  • pastel on paper
  • 49 by 31cm., 19 1/4 by 12 1/4 in.
  • Executed circa 1874.


Félicie Estruc, Paris (the sitter, acquired directly from the artist)
Emile Lebœuf, Paris
Hector Brame, Paris
Private Collection, Connecticut (until 1992)
Sale: Sotheby's, London, 21st June 2005, lot 117
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner


Jerusalem, The Israel Museum, Camille Pissarro: Impressionist Innovator & New York, The Jewish Museum, Retrospective of Camille Pissarro, 1994-95, no. 125, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Ferrara, Ferrara Arte-Palazzo dei Diamanti, Camille Pissarro, 1998, no. 22, illustrated in the catalogue
Vienna, Albertina, Impressionism. Pastels Watercolors Drawings, 2012, no. 105, illustrated in colour in the catalogue


Ludovico Rodo Pissarro & Lionello Venturi, Camille Pissarro, son art - son œuvre, Paris, 1939, vol. I, no. 1521 & vol. II, no. 1521, illustrated pl. 293
Joachim Pissarro, Camille Pissarro, London, 1993, no. 337, illustrated in colour p. 281

Catalogue Note

Depicting Camille Pissarro's sister-in-law, Félicie Vellay Estruc, the present work belongs to a small series of pastel drawings executed circa 1874 during the artist's stay at Ludovic Piette's home in Montfoucault, a rural village between Normandy and Brittany. Pissarro had met Piette at the Académie Suisse and the two became life-long friends. The secluded location in Montfoucault provided calm and serenity and in August of 1871 Piette wrote to Pissarro urging him to visit. Pissarro's stay in the village with his family provided him with the opportunity to tackle different subject matter and venture into new artistic practices; the artist summarises: 'I've done quite a lot of work here, I've been tackling figures and animals. I have several projects for genre paintings...' (the artist quoted in Ludovic Rodo Pissarro & Lionello Venturi, Camille Pissarro, son art - son œuvre, Paris, 1939, vol. I, p. 147). The luscious and vibrant blue of the present work and the enchanting texture of the pastel is testament to Pissarro's mastery of the medium in this delightful portrait.

This work will be included in the forthcoming Pissarro Digital Catalogue Raisonné, currently being prepared under the sponsorship of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc.