Interior of the Studio

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
oil on canvas
Mark Descriptions
singature and date in green paint at l.l.: Lucien Pissarro / 1887
Dimensions
25-1/4 x 31-1/2 in. (canvas) 31 x 37-5/16 x 2-3/8 in. (framed)
Credit line
Gift in memory of Robert S. Ashby by his family and friends
Accession number
1995.100
Collection
Currently On View In
Robert H. and Ina M. Mohlman Gallery - H209

This canvas depicts the artist's brother, Georges Pissarro, working in the family studio outside Paris. From his father Camille's hat hanging on the wall to the ceramic planter on the table, the image is filled with details of the Pissarro family's life and work.

Lucien Pissarro, Camille's eldest son, introduced his father to Seurat in 1885, and they were among the first converts to the Neo- Impressionist movement.

The meticulous dotted brushwork, complex composition, and heavy use of complementary colors establish this interior as one of his most ambitious Neo-Impressionist efforts.

Given by the artist to his cousin, Eugénie Estruc [1863-1931], possibly as a wedding present when she married Auguste Leboeuf in 1894;[1} by descent within the family;{2} sale (Sotheby’s, London), in 1995;{3} purchased for the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1995 (1995.100).

{1}Correspondence from Anne Thorold to Ellen Lee, dated 11 November 1995, in IMA Historical File (1995.100).
{2} A yellowed sticker on the original frame, which no longer houses the painting, reads “Leboeuf.”
{3} Sotheby’s, London, Modern British and Irish Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture,”22 November 1995, lot no. 15 (ill). Here the title is given as “Portrait of Georges Pissarro in Camille Pissarro’s Studio.”
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