Pissarro: Father of Impressionism

Pissarro: Father of Impressionism

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Without Camille Pissarro, there is no Impressionist

movement. He is rightfully known as the father of


It was a dramatic path that Pissarro followed, and

throughout it all he wrote extensively to his family. It is

through these intimate and revealing letters that this

gripping film reveals Pissarro’s life and work.

Born in the West Indies, Pissarro found his passion

in paint as a young man in Paris, and by the age of 43

had corralled a group of enthusiastic artists into a new

collective. Their first show was scorned by the critics, but

the group had acquired a new name: the Impressionists.

For the next 40 years Pissarro was the driving force

behind what has today become the world’s favourite

artistic movement.

The Ashmolean Museum has a long tradition of

excellence. As the UK’s first ever public museum (it

opened its doors in May 1683) it houses a wonderfully

rich collection, including the remarkable Pissarro archive.

With exclusive access to most extensive archive of any

Impressionist painter, and to the first major Pissarro

retrospective in four decades, this film explores and

highlights the enthralling and hugely important biography

and output of an incredible artist.