Pastel on paper
14 ½ x 20 inches (37 x 51 cm)
Framed: 34 ¾ x 40 inches (88 x 102 cm)
Signed lower right: H. Claude Pissarro
Signed and titled on verso: Promenade Dans Les Jardins de Bagnoles-de-l’Orne / H Claude Pissarro/ (Le Petit-fils)
Christopher Clarke Fine Art, San Francisco
Private Collection, USA
The authenticity of this pastel has been confirmed by Lelia Pissarro, daughter of the artist.
Copy of a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist, May 1999
Hughes Claude Pissarro came from the illustrious Pissarro clan, grandson of Camille Pissarro and son of Paul-Emil Pissarro. He was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine where he often accompanied his dad on painting excursions. He first exhibited his work at the young age of 14 years; he studied in Paris and later became a professor of art and taught for many years, partly in Monaco. He also trained his daughter, Lelia.
Hughes Claude Pissarro’s work has been featured in exhibitions in Europe and the US and he was in fact commissioned by the White House in 1959 to paint a portrait of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The artist’s work evolved through different styles and techniques, from Abstract to Avant-Garde. In 1989, he began a series of contemporary landscapes which he signed differently in order to distinguish them from traditional works. Those Contemporary works are signed as Huges Pissarro dit Pomie.
Our example depicts the lush gardens of Bagnoles-de-l”orne which are in the lower part of Normandy. An elegantly dressed couple is strolling in the central part of the compostion with semingly endless rows of colorful flowers and trees. The air is light with sun and mood, generating calm and serene energy.