THE term “Impressionism” evokes the dreamy lilypads of Monet, the radiant fruit painted by Cezanne. Perhaps a Degas ballerina twirls in the mind’s eye. But what about Camille Pissarro? A Danish-French artist born in the Caribbean (then the Danish West Indies), he was a founding member of the movement, and the only painter to have work in every Impressionist exhibition in Paris during the 1870s and 1880s. When he was in his 50s, he became an important figure in the neo-Impressionist movement alongside artists such as Georges Seurat. Yet he never reached the same levels of success of his fellow artists, either during his lifetime or since.
This is a terrible oversight, argues Guillermo Solana, the artistic director of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. An expert in Impressionism, Mr Solana (pictured below) is responsible for Spain’s first big show dedicated to Pissarro, a