Estate of the artist.
Lucien Pissarro, London (by descent from the above).
Private collection, London (circa 1940).
By descent from the above to the present owner.
WORKS FROM A PRIVATE LONDON COLLECTION
Christie's is delighted to offer for sale a selection of oils and works on paper from a private London collection. Unveiled to the public art market for the first-time since the parents of the present owner acquired them in the 1940s and 1950s, these works are, nonetheless, very well known to connoisseurs and academic institutions through important exhibitions to which they have been generously lent over the past decades. They have been the pride and joy of two generations of collectors, gracing the walls of the beautiful London houses where the owners lived with their children and grandchildren.
The family's passion for art took root in the 1920s--love for art and music was always encouraged. In the early 1930s, it became a real commitment, especially for the parents of the present owner. They soon became enlightened, daring, risk-taking collectors, immersed in the contemporary art scene of their time, visiting regularly galleries and museums in London and Paris, befriending the most important dealers of their generation, meeting the most renowned artists, from Chagall to Léger, and even financially supporting artists of the Ecole de Paris, such as Atlan, through yearly contracts and constant acquisitions.
Art became an intrinsic, fundamental part of family life--the children grew up surrounded by these pictures and were the subjects of tender portraits by the artists, who dedicated them works at pivotal moments of their lives (marriages, births).
The selection of works, offered for sale by Christie's in four different locations in the forthcoming months (Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, New York and London), underlines a unique sense of appreciation of rarity and beauty, that one finds only in the most sincere art-lovers and collectors.
In this sale, works from this collection are lots 408-415.
Property of a Private Collector
"Camille Pissarro. Works on View at Leeds Art Gallery," The Yorkshire Post, 4 July 1932.
E. Newton, "Rochdale Art Gallery, Paintings by Pissarro," The Rochdale Observer, 29 October 1932.
L.-R. Pissarro and L. Venturi, Camille Pissarro, son art-son oeuvre, Paris, 1939, vol. I, no. 295 (illustrated vol. II, pl. 59).
R.R. Brettell, Pissarro and Pontoise. The Painter in a Landscape, New Haven, 1990, pp. 166-167, 171, 176 and 204 (illustrated in color, p. 167, fig. 146; detail illustrated in color, p. 169, pl. 147).
J. Pissarro, Camille Pissarro, New York, 1993, pp. 115 and 217; p. 298, note 7 (illustrated in color, p. 126, fig. 127).
B. Lantow, "Pissarro contre la A104," Vivre en Val-d'Orse, June-August 1998, no. 50, pp. 23-24 (illustrated in color, p. 24).
M.-J. Pellé, "Vert Pissarro" Impressions de Normandie et d'ailleurs, Luneray, 2000, pp. 60-61.
J. Pissarro and C. Durand-Ruel Snollaerts, Pissarro, Catalogue critique des peintures, Paris, 2005, vol. II, p. 274, no. 360 (illustrated in color).
Kunsthalle Bremen, Grosse Kunstausstellung, February-March 1910, no. 263.
London, Stafford Gallery, Pictures by Camille Pissarro, October 1911, no. 23.
Paris, Galerie Manzi-Joyant, Exposition rétrospective d'oeuvres de Camille Pissarro, January-February 1914, no. 99bis.
London, Tate Gallery (no. 36); Birmingham, City Museum and Art Gallery (no. 30); Nottingham, Nottingham Castle and Art Gallery (no. 16); Stockport, War Memorial Buildings (no. 15); Sheffield, Mappin Art Gallery (no. 16); Bootle, Bootle Museum (no. 14); Leeds City Art Gallery (no. 14); Northampton Art Gallery (no. 25); Blackpool, Grundy Art Gallery (no. 25) and Rochdale, Rochdale Corporation Art Gallery (no. 25), Oil Paintings by Camille Pissarro, June 1931-November 1932.
London, Matthiesen Gallery, A Camille Pissarro Exhibition, June-July 1950, no. 9.
Glasgow, McLellan Galleries, Festival of Jewish Arts, February 1951, no. 102.
London, Ben Uri Gallery, Coronation Exhibition of Paintings, 1953 (incorrectly catalogued as "Collection of Lucien Pissarro").
London, Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd., Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley, June-July 1955, no. 7.
London, Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd., Pissarro in England, June-July 1968, no. 6.
London, Royal Academy of Arts, Impressionism: Its Masters, Its Precursors and its Influence in Britain, February-April 1974, no. 86. Tokyo, Isetan Museum of Art; Fukuoka Museum of Art, and Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Rétrospective Camille Pissarro, March-July 1984, no. 23.
Ferrara, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Camille Pissarro, February-May 1998, no. 19 (illustrated, p. 52).
Böblingen, Städtische Galerie (no. 8); Pontoise, Musée Tavet-Delacour (no. 8); Tokyo, Mitsukoshi Gallery (no. 3); Hiroshima, Onomichi Municipal Museum (no. 3) and Shuzuoka, Hamamatsu Municipal Museum of Art (no. 3), Entre ciel et terre: Camille Pissarro et les peintres de la vallée de l'Oise, September 2003-June 2004.
New York, The Museum of Modern Art; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Paris, Musée d'Orsay, Pioneering Modern Painting: Cézanne and Pissarro 1865-1885, June 2005-May 2006, no. 43 (illustrated, p. 134).