Press Release  March 9, 2021

Pissarro Show at M.S. Rau Displays Art from Five Generations

Courtesy of M.S. Rau.

Camille Pissarro, Route Enneigée avec Maison.

NEW ORLEANS, LA — M.S. Rau is excited to announce its upcoming exhibition The Pissarro Dynasty: Five Generations of Artistic Mastery. The new show will highlight the Pissarro dynasty, the longest in the history of Western art, originating with the legendary Impressionist Camille Pissarro and enduring for over one hundred years since his death.

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Georges Manzana Pissarro, Bretonne à la Vache.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will debut on Friday, March 19 and run through Saturday, May 15, 2021. It will also be available for viewing online. The show will highlight a collection of twenty-five significant works from five generations of Pissarro family artists. It will feature a wide range of styles, media, and subjects, including Impressionist masterpieces by Camille Pissarro and contemporary canvases of the current generation.

“This exhibition allows us to showcase not only Camille Pissarro’s impact on art history, but also his influence on the various talented painters within his own family,” said curator Rebecca Rau. “When I met Camille’s great great great-granddaughter Lyora Pissarro, she explained that her chosen profession, painting, is quite unoriginal given the family’s history! I felt an immediate affinity, being a fourth-generation art and antique dealer.”

Counted among the most respected artists of the nineteenth-century, Camille Pissarro was widely considered the father of Impressionism. Five generations of talented painters have sprung from the Pissarro lineage, from Camille and his sons to their descendants, including Lélia and Lyora who continue to create.

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H.Claude Pissarro, Embarquement pour le Havre.

No other family can match the rich artistic legacy of the Pissarros; to this day, it remains one of the most robust and long-lasting artistic dynasties in the history of Western art. With this new installment, M.S. Rau fully explores the nearly two centuries of artistic accomplishments of Camille and seven of his descendants.

Considered one of the world’s foremost experts on eighteenth and nineteenth-century antiques and fine art, William Rau is President, CEO, and third-generation owner of M.S. Rau of New Orleans, Louisiana. Over 109 years old, M.S. Rau is one of the largest premier fine art and antique galleries in the world. William Rau’s extensive knowledge of the international art market has not only allowed him to help clients cultivate museum-quality collections, but it has also afforded him the opportunity to amass the remarkable and important works in this comprehensive exhibition.

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