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Hughes Claude Pissarro
La Baule, les premiers vacanciers de julliet (La Baule, the First Holidaymakers

20th century

$38,500

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A modern, carefree leisure scene populated by scores of beachgoers is the subject of this vibrant oil on canvas by Hugues Claude Pissarro. With its colorful, feathery brushstrokes, the work depicts the stylish seaside resort town of La Baule in southern Brittany, and it is exemplary of the artist's unique style. Like the French Impressionists who influenced him, including his grandfather, the legendary Impressionist Camille Pissarro, H. Claude turned to everyday life for his inspiration, visiting verdant parks and crowded beaches such as this one to create works that were entirely modern in both their subject matter and their style. In the reflection of the sky in the sun-dappled water and the multi-hued vibrancy of the sand and cityscape, Pissarro’s artistic roots are clearly on display. The grandson of Camille Pissarro and son of painter Paulémile Pissarro, H. Claude Pissarro seemed destined to pick up the paintbrush, and he did so at a young age. Primarily taught by his father, he exhibited his first works at the young age of 14, and later studied in Paris at the École du Musée du Louvre and École Normale Supérieur. Like many of his family predecessors, the scope of his work and talent is vast, ranging from engraving to lithography and from publishing to painting. His reputation as a painter quickly spread, resulting in a White House commission in 1959 to paint the portrait of President Eisenhower. While his style has evolved throughout his career, he is best known for his brightly colored post-impressionist works like the present piece. The painting is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. Canvas: 18 1/8" high x 21 5/8" wide Frame: 25 1/2" high x 29 1/8" wide

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Hughes Claude Pissarro

Hugues Claude Pissarro, also known professionally as H. Claude Pissarro, is the grandson of the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro and son of Paulémile Pissarro. Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine and enveloped in an artistic environment, he inevitably spent his childhood and youth with brushes in hand. Carrying on the family tradition established by Camille Pissarro, H. Claude’s father frequently took his son on painting excursions, often accompanied by his numerous artistic friends which proved formative for him.

Initially taught by his father, H. Claude first exhibited his work at the age of fourteen. He subsequently studied art in Paris at prestigious establishments, in particular the École Normale Supérieure, a unique French institution dedicated to the pursuit of achievement and excellence to which only the academic elite have access. He also studied art restoration under Henri Linard, head of the laboratory at the Musée du Louvre. It was inevitable that this educational background would lead him to become a professor of art for much of his professional life and in 1963 he accepted an official invitation to teach art in Monaco.

Throughout his teaching career he remained a prolific artist, exhibiting on several occasions in Paris and London. As with many of his family predecessors, the scope of his work and talent is wide-ranging: from engraver, lithographer, publisher and landscape painter to portraitist. He was even commissioned in 1959 to paint a portrait of President Eisenhower.

H. Claude’s work has evolved through a variety of different styles and techniques, including abstract, avant-garde, minimalist and conceptual art. However, he is now perhaps best known for his Post-Impressionist–style works, which have been exhibited throughout the world since 1985.

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(Biography provided by Stern Pissarro Gallery)

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