Interior of the Studio

Lucien Pissarro (French, 1863-1944)

Currently on View in H206
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In this canvas Lucien Pissarro, eldest son of artist Camille Pissarro, depicted his brother working in the family studio. From Camille’s hat hanging on the wall to the ceramic tiles he made for the planter on the table, the image is filled with details of the family’s life and work. The meticulous dotted brushwork and heavy use of complementary colors make this painting one of the artist’s most ambitious Neo-Impressionist efforts.

An IMA conservator noticed odd textures in the lower left that did not correspond with what is seen on the surface. An X-ray was taken (shown below), which revealed a substantially different composition in this area. It shows that the table was first placed at a different angle with completely different objects on it.

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, Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1995.

{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 (illustration) Here the title is given as "Portrait of Georges Pissarro in Camille Pissarro's Studio".”

Object Information

Lucien Pissarro (French, 1863-1944)
creation date
oil on canvas
25-1/4 x 31-1/2 in. (canvas)
31 x 37-5/16 x 2-3/8 in. (framed/Optium)
mark descriptions
Signature and date in green paint at lower left: Lucien Pissarro | 1887
accession number
credit line
Gift in memory of Robert S. Ashby by his family and friends
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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