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Hugues Claude Pissarro

(French, b.1935)

Biography

Hugues Claude Pissarro, the grandson of the great Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro, and the son of Paulémile Pissarro, was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1935. Carrying on a family tradition, Hugues Claude spent much of his youth accompanying his father on painting excursions.  His formal training occurred at several prestigious French institutions including the Ecole du Musée du Louvre and the Ecole Normale Supérieure.  For many years, he worked as an art professor, while exhibiting regularly in Paris and London.   In 1959, he was commissioned by the White House to paint President Eisenhower’s portrait.

Like many artists, Hugues Claude was not immune to the more radical movements of his time. However, though he experimented with avant-garde expression for almost two decades, he eventually returned to a more traditional style – finding it difficult to break from the formative training of his family.     He maintains a frenetic pace of activity, frequently working well into the night, producing the large canvases that have become his trademark.  His distinctive style involves applying colors with great speed straight from the tube, which results in a thick, robust texture – not unlike the Impressionist paintings created by his grandfather’s generation.  Today, the artist’s masterful paintings and pastels are collected worldwide, and he continues to be a respected contributor to major art publications.

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