ln 1898, two of Camille Pissarro’s sons, Rodo and Manzana, moved in their first studio in Montmartre. Rodo met artists such as Kees Van Dongen, Maurice De Vlaminck and Raoul Dufy, while the night-life of Paris for a while offered him inspiring subjects for his work. If you look at this oil, fauvism isn’t far away. In 1905 Rodo participated in the first Fauve exhibition at the Salon des Indépendants.
Ludovic Rodo Pissarro, Café parisien, also known as Bal Tabarin . Oil on canvas, 47 x 54,6 cm. Private collection.
Ludovic Rodo Pissarro
Ludovic Rodolphe, the Pissarro’s fourth son also stepped in his father’s shoes. He was familiarly known as Rodo and early in his career signed his work ‘Rodo’ and later ‘Ludovic-Rodo’. Over the forty years of his artistic career, he regularly exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants.
Nevertheless, Rodo is perhaps best remembered as the author of a two volume catalogue of his father’s work - which took him 20 years of research - that is still considered to be the definitive reference book on his father’s work. It was first published in 1939.
Camille Pissarro, Portrait of Rodo Pissarro Reading, 1899-1900. Oil on canvas. Private collection
Camille Pissarro, Portrait of Ludovic Rodo Pissarro, 1891-92. 18,1 x 20 cm. Private collection
Félix, the most promising son
Pissarro considered his third son, Félix, as the most talented of his children. Unfortunately, “Titi” never got the chance to fully develop his potential as he succumbed to tbc in 1897 at the age of 23.
He used the pseudonym of Jean Roch in his work as a painter, etcher and caricaturist.
The Pissarro’s, a family of artists
Georges Pissarro was the fourth child and second son of Camille and Julie Pissarro. Like all his brothers, he became a painter. Who wouldn’t, if your father was a key figure of a new artistic movement and some of its best known representatives, like Monet, Cézanne, Renoir an Gauguin were around regularly!
In 1894 he started to use the maiden name of his grandmother on his father’s side, Manzana.
In this oil, Georges painted his three year younger brother, Félix.
Georges Manzana-Pissarro, Félix au lapin (Felix with a rabbit), c.1889 (my estimate). Oil on canvas, 50 x 33 cm. Private collection
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An intimate portrait of Julie, Camille’s wife, shortly after the death of their first daughter Minette and before the birth of Ludovic Rodolphe. Mme Pissarro is sewing in front of a window in their home at Pontoise.
Camille Pissarro, Julie Pissarro cousant, la “maison rouge”, Pontoise (Mme Pissarro sewing beside a Window), 1878. Oil on canvas, 54 x 45 cm. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK
Jeanne Rachel “Minette”
Jeanne “Minette”, the second child of Camille and Julie Pissarro, was 8 when her father made this intimate portrait. She was a sickly child that was treated by Dr. Paul Gachet (better known as Van Gogh’s doctor in Auvers-sur-Oise). She would die one year later.
Camille Pissarro, Jeanne Pissarro dite Minette, tenant un éventail (Jeanne holding a Fan), 1873. Oil on canvas, 56 x 46.5 cm. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK
Lucien was the first born child of Camille and Julie Pissarro. He was about 12 years old when this watercolor was made.
Camille Pissarro, Half Length Portrait of Lucien Pissarro, c.1875. Watercolor over charcoal on paper. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK
All of Camille Pissarro’s children took up painting. Here’s Georges Manzana (16 years old), working in Camille’s studio, painted by Lucien (24 years old)…
I love this painting. It is so full of details about the Pissarro’s daily life and environment.
Lucien Pissarro, L’intérieur de l’atelier (Interior of the Studio), 1887. Oil on canvas, 64,1 x 80 cm. Indianapolis Museum of Art
The Pissarros, a family of artists
Julie and Camille had 8 children. Jeanne Rachel “Minette” died from tb aged 9, Adèle Emma died a few weeks after birth.
The other 6 took up painting and survived their father, with the exception of Félix, who died of tb in 1897 at the age of 23. In this picture we can see them from left to right (my educated guess): Lucien, the oldest, Jeanne “Cocotte” in her fathers arm, Ludovic Rodolphe (sitting), Félix (standing) and Paul Emile sitting on the leg of Georges Henri Manzana’s knee.
Anonymous, The Pissarros, c.1889. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK