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Evenings with an Author: Ann Saul on Camille Pissarro
24 April 2019 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min
Ann Saul, author of Abstract Pissarro: Planting the Seeds of Abstract Art, explains why this well-loved Impressionist artist was much more than we imagined…
Camille Pissarro’s early paintings—daring, radical, and uncompromising—defied the Paris Salon and subverted academic art—flaunting his rough brushstrokes, blatantly placing pure colors side-by-side with no transition tones, choosing unappealing motifs, using patches of color to create forms, pressing structures into flattened planes, and ignoring perspective when it pleased him. He was the first to intentionally draw attention to the materiality of painting—brushstrokes on canvas, rather than a recognizable picture. And he did it before Impressionism gained momentum as an artistic movement.
Ann Saul is an independent scholar specializing in the works of Camille Pissarro. A professional writer, she was also a volunteer at the Art Institute of Chicago, a Docent at the Terra Museum of Art (now closed) and a Guide at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.