Without Camille Pissarro, there is no Impressionist
movement. He is rightfully known as the father of
It was a dramatic path that Pissarro followed, and
throughout it all he wrote extensively to his family. It is
through these intimate and revealing letters that this
gripping film reveals Pissarro’s life and work.
Born in the West Indies, Pissarro found his passion
in paint as a young man in Paris, and by the age of 43
had corralled a group of enthusiastic artists into a new
collective. Their first show was scorned by the critics, but
the group had acquired a new name: the Impressionists.
For the next 40 years Pissarro was the driving force
behind what has today become the world’s favourite
The Ashmolean Museum has a long tradition of
excellence. As the UK’s first ever public museum (it
opened its doors in May 1683) it houses a wonderfully
rich collection, including the remarkable Pissarro archive.
With exclusive access to most extensive archive of any
Impressionist painter, and to the first major Pissarro
retrospective in four decades, this film explores and
highlights the enthralling and hugely important biography
and output of an incredible artist.