Lucien Pissarro’s ‘Shaftesbury’, then and now

On July 21st, my husband and I were in the picturesque town of Shaftesbury in Dorset, visiting his mother and step-father, who we hadn’t seen since before Covid times. They have lived in Shaftesbury for a quarter of a century and know it very well. We brought along a photocopy of a painting entitled ‘Shaftesbury’,Continue reading “Lucien Pissarro’s ‘Shaftesbury’, then and now”

“My Dear Niece”: The Life of Esther Isaacson Pissarro (Part IV)

Three Letters and a Conclusion. In the last part of the article, I am going to focus on three notable letters that Camille Pissarro sent to his niece Esther Isaacson that broach the topics of anarchism, anti-Semitism and making ‘felt’ art. They are important because he shared significant thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that he hadContinue reading ““My Dear Niece”: The Life of Esther Isaacson Pissarro (Part IV)”

“My Dear Niece”: The Life of Esther Isaacson Pissarro (Part III)

Lucien Pissarro left England in March of 1884, in time to help his family move into their new home in rural Eragny-sur-Epte. Camille described the advantages of the new home to Lucien, noting that there were attractions that ‘will interest the English: the churches, the markets, the farms, the countryside, the stations, coaches, the boutiques,Continue reading ““My Dear Niece”: The Life of Esther Isaacson Pissarro (Part III)”

“My Dear Niece”: The Life of Esther Isaacson Pissarro (Part II)

In order to get a better understanding of Esther Isaacson’s world, I turned to the Victorian writer Amy Levy (1861-1889) to look at both her life and her writings. It would not be surprising if Amy Levy and Esther Isaacson had crossed paths—they were almost the same age, the same class, and both lived inContinue reading ““My Dear Niece”: The Life of Esther Isaacson Pissarro (Part II)”

“My Dear Niece”: The Life of Esther Isaacson Pissarro (Part I)

For the past several years I have been researching the life of Félix Pissarro, the third son of the artist Camille Pissarro. I wanted to learn why he died at the age of 23 and why he was buried not far from me, in southwest London. The resulting article is published on this website. InContinue reading ““My Dear Niece”: The Life of Esther Isaacson Pissarro (Part I)”

Walking with Sebald: Austerlitz and the East End

This selection of photographs was made during November and December 2019 as a visual accompaniment to a Resonance Radio production entitled Walking with Sebald: Austerlitz and the East End. I followed the show creator, Patrick Bernard, as he and participants Dr. Nadia Valman and Dr. David Anderson of Queen Mary University, poet Stephen Watts andContinue reading “Walking with Sebald: Austerlitz and the East End”

Art, Anarchy and Other Dangers: The Premature Death of Félix Pissarro (Part III)

In January of 1897, Félix and Georges were back in London but the happy and productive period the family had enjoyed was about to end because of the onset of two devastating health crises. In March, at the age of 35, Lucien had a stroke. He would go on to have three further attacks overContinue reading “Art, Anarchy and Other Dangers: The Premature Death of Félix Pissarro (Part III)”

Art, Anarchy and Other Dangers: The Premature Death of Félix Pissarro (Part II)

London had provided a place of refuge and possibility for the Pissarro family for decades.  Camille’s older half-sister Emma Petit and her husband Phineas Isaacson lived in London with their five children, Alfred, Rodolphe, Esther, Alice and Amélie. Emma had died in 1868, but during the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71), Camille, Julie and their children LucienContinue reading “Art, Anarchy and Other Dangers: The Premature Death of Félix Pissarro (Part II)”