This exceptional original oil on board was painted, and signed in the lower right, by Manzana-Pissarro. In dreamlike imagery of idyllic peace, the artist has captured a world of sensual bathers wonderfully depicted on a perfectly lovely day.Georges-Henri Pissarro, better known as Manzana, was the third of Camille Pissarro’s seven children. As a young man, he adopted his father’s Impressionist style and produced a series of landscapes around Pontoise and Eragny. The influence of Gauguin’s exotic scenes from Tahiti, however, contributed to Manzana’s fascination with Orientalism and the use of gold, silver and copper paint. During the early 1900s, Manzana regularly exhibited Impressionist works at the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Indépendents. He continued to show his work regularly until the late 1930s, as he moved between homes in Les Andelys and Paris. He often spent summers at Pont Aven in Brittany, which inspired a series of paintings based on the local costumes and lifestyle. At the declaration of war in 1939, he moved with his family to Casablanca and remained there until 1947. Manzana spent the last years of his life in Menton, returning to his Impressionist roots and painting the local landscape.
This work is part of a carefully curated selection by noted fine art expert Jennifer McCloskey, who was formerly affiliated with Doyle Gallery in New York and is now based in San Francisco.