Exhibition at the museum

Cézanne and Pissarro 1865-1885

From February 28th to May 28th, 2006 -
Musée d'Orsay
Esplanade Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
75007 Paris
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Camille Pissarro-Portrait de l'artiste
Camille Pissarro
Portrait de l'artiste, en 1873
Musée d'Orsay
1930, accepté par l'Etat à titre de donation sous réserve d'usufruit de Paul-Emile Pissarro (comité du 03/04/1930, conseil du 07/04/1930 )
© Musée d’Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt
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Towards the end of his life, Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) wrote: "Cézanne [...] was influenced by me in Pontoise, and I by him. [...] By Jove, we were inseparable! But what is certain is that each of us retained the only thing that matters, "his sense of feeling"... this is easy enough to demonstrate..." (letter to his son Lucien, November 22, 1895).
The exhibition in hand is a realisation of this statement. It aims to examine, in terms of their art, the relationship between Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) and Pissarro over twenty years of mutual influence and friendship, from the beginning of their careers up to the mid-1880s.
Portraits, still-lives and landscapes by both artists are brought together to demonstrate the similarity of their vision in 1875. Later, Cézanne reinterpreted some of Pissarro's earlier compositions and took up some of his elder's previously adopted view points. The hanging of their works together highlights the "kinship" in their approach to subjects, which was highly significant in perpetuating the enduring links that united the two artists.

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