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Art is taking me to Paris in March. It is a pleasure to present my Camille Pissarro watercolor from my collection at the Exhibition Pissarro à Eragny, la Nature Retrouvée for viewing at the Musée de Luxembourg in Paris from 16 March to 9 July 2017. You are welcome to join me for this exhibition’s opening 15 March 2017 at the Musée de Luxembourg in Paris at 6:30 pm.
There has not been an important Pissarro exhibition in Paris since the last great retrospective closed on April 27, 1981 — 35 years ago. Since that time, many important Pissarro exhibitions have been mounted in Japan, Germany, Great Britain, and the US and major scholarly advancements made with the multi-volume publication of his letters, the cataloguing of the large collection ot his drawings at the Ashmolean Museum, and an extraordinarily complete catalogue raisonné of his paintings produced by the Wildenstein Institute in Paris.
2017 in Paris will more than make-up for the absence from the Paris exhibition scene of the eider statesman of lmpressionism. A retrospective of Pissarro's paintings will open in February at the Musée Marmottan Monet; and, one month later, the completely new Pissarro exhibition, Pissarro à Éragny, l’anarchie et la nature, will open at the Musée du Luxembourg under the auspices of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux — Grand Palais. It is here that my painting will be viewed to the public.
Richard Brettefl and Joachim Pissarro have joined forces to create this exhibition which will focus on the least understood body of work ot this great artist — his paintings, drawings, and prints produced on the farm that he first rented and subsequently purchased in the Norman Village of Eragny from 1884-1903. The two exhibitions, conceived and curated by four good friends, will be considered, in effect, as one, and Parisians and the many visitors to Paris will have the chance to see Pissarro in a completely new way.
Art is not a hobby for me. Making art is a gift that feeds me; and sometimes, others enjoy what I make. With the right amount of inspiration and motivation, anything is possible. I do not believe in limitations. I say, thank god there are people in this world like me who aren't just plain vanilla. How cool is it that an artist can make something beautiful out of absolutely nothing.
When I make art, I lose all sense of time as it breathes into my work until I'm depleted. It brings me closest to myself where I find peace--for what matters is how we see ourselves through and in our passions and work.
When a person creates, it begins as an experiment, a curiosity, a drive--like seeking first to understand and then to be understood--and mostly, over time, really mostly because it just has to. It cannot be stopped or denied and is restorative. Here's the rub: one day, your life changes--it happens to most of us--and then you change in a big way--you discover that the bees buzzing around you stung far more than their beneficial honey. You take the stairs, take space, and put yourself up close and in front on the artist's pedestal and look, examine, expose and paint yourself as the muse. You discover the unique innocence, beauty and spirit in yourself much like that which you have admired in others when you looked closely. You then realize that you do not have to have an MFA and an uber elitist entourage of artistic cadres with an affinity for tight black clothing to be a star with art utensils. You do not have to know the owners of fabulous galleries or to be able to talk your way through a myriad of art museum vernacular to have taste and to possess a distinctive style. You just end up growing into your skin. What I know and can do, it's the essence and the point...making something from nothing...I can draw, sculpt, design and paint the f**k out of most any medium, and that is good enough for me. Hope you enjoy my photography!
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Camille Pissarro, watercolor, 1890,entitled "Gisors"
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