BALTIMORE, MD.- The Baltimore Museum of Art presents Pissarro: Creating the Impressionist Landscape, on view through may 13, 2007. Discover Pissarro's remarkable transformation from a traditional landscape painter to a pioneering Impressionist through 45 paintings from major museums and private collections around the world. This is the first exhibition to focus on a pivotal decade of Pissarros career, 1864 to 1874, when he created his most beautiful and innovative canvases. Colorful scenes of the picturesque French countrysidelush green fields, snow-blanketed towns, billowing smokestacks, and bustling riversshow the development of Pissarro's painting technique, palette, and subject matter. This critical period of his development as an artist laid the groundwork for an entire generation of painters, many of whom were influenced by his experimental techniques and vision.
Exhibition highlights include four large-scale Salon paintings such as Côte des Jalais, Pontoise (1867) and three out of five of Pissarros paintings from the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874. These magnificent works, Orchard in Bloom, 1872, The Chestnut Trees at Osny, c. 1873, and Hoarfrost at Ennery, 1873, showcase a unique quality of light that looks forward to Pissarros continuing experimentation as one of the leaders of the Impressionists.
Pissarro: Creating the Impressionist Landscape is organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art and will travel to the Milwaukee Art Museum in Wisconsin (June 9 September 9, 2007) and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Tennessee (October 7, 2007January 6, 2008). A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition and is available in The BMA Shop.