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A pastel drawing on stiff wove paper, hand-signed in charcoal lower left H. Claude Pissarro, and titled, signed and annotated Le Petit fils (The Grandson) in ink verso. This work is accompanied by an authenticating photocertificate, signed by the artist and dated June 12, 1997.
Hugues Claude Pissarro, the grandson of the great Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro and the son of Paulmile 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 Muse du Louvre and the Ecole Normale Suprieure. 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 Eisenhowers 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. His distinctive style involves applying colors directly from the tube, which results in a thick, robust texture -- not unlike the Impressionist paintings created by his grandfathers generation. His accomplishments have been such that he is included in Benezit, the dictionary of the leading artists in history, and his work has been included in several museum exhibitions featuring the Pissarro family. He also exhibited in Paris at the Salon dAutomne and the Salon des Independants, of which he became a member in 1954, and important solo exhibitions have included one held at the Orangery in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris.
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