The Book


“I’ll never look at Pissarro in the same way again.”

“It is well written, beautifully illustrated and of immense interest, even to we two not-very-art aware people!”

“ This book pairs crystalline images with clear, engaging facts.”

“It (Pissarro’s Places) fills a gap for those who want more than dry, often obtuse academic exposition.”

“She (the author) invites us to stand exactly where the artist stood with then-and-now views of actual sites of pictures that are reproduced in the book.”

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PISSARRO'S PLACES was selected by the bookstore at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid to accompany their extensive exhibition PISSARRO on view through September.  Museum guides are using the book as a resource to develop their exhibition talks.


Pissarro’s paintings invite you to join him in that place. You stand by his side as he plants his easel beside the river. You see the clouds scudding across the sky and the barge passing by. From a fourth floor balcony, you look down on the cityscape and hear the horse’s hooves on the street. PISSARRO’S PLACES takes you to those places so you can see them through his eyes.

Pissarro’s complex vision was shaped by many different influences, places, and cultures. He absorbed the “sensations” of each place and translated it into brushstrokes on his canvas. This is why his paintings are so honest.

Unlike Monet, Sisley, and Cézanne who made most of their paintings in Giverny, Moret, or Provence, Pissarro could not be tied to a single place. Because of that, Pissarro does not have one identifying image like Monet’s water lilies or Cézanne’s Mont Sainte Victoire. You cannot “brand” Pissarro—he always surprises you.

Pissarro most often chose ordinary places—an apple orchard, a village street, a busy boulevard in Paris. In a letter to his son Lucien, he wrote, “Everything is beautiful: the whole secret lies in knowing how to interpret.”

Pissarro’s paintings are far from simple, and they often pose questions that have no answers. Pissarro constantly pushed himself to invent new painting techniques. Rather than settling for the familiar, he courageously put himself into new and different situations in pursuit of new and exciting sensations. His paintings can be enjoyed on every level—from the quick glance of a casual observer to the intense scrutiny and curiosity of an art lover.

There are 35 full-color paintings by Pissarro featured in the book.  All of them are located in public museums and are accessible to the public.

PISSARRO'S PLACES has been named an official publication of the Normandie Impressioniste Festival 2013.  See the book listed on their French website: