Pissarro on Paper
September 30, 2012 – March 31, 2013
East Building, Ground Floor
This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.
Overview: French Impressionist painter
This one-room installation highlights Pissarro's spirited experimentation, as well as his gravitation—in all media—toward depicting landscape and the people who inhabited rural farms and towns. Rather than meticulously reproducing what he saw, he sought to capture the mood and essence of his subjects. On both paper and canvas, Pissarro masterfully played with surface textures and variations of compositional density to create descriptive and evocative visual imagery. His energetic methods for printmaking—dabbing, rubbing, dragging—and his range of materials for all media—palette knives, brushes of different sizes, even his bare hands—all contribute to the dynamism of his works.
Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.