Bathers by Georges Manzana Pissarro

  • The tenants of the impressionist style are clearly on display in this tranquil landscape
  • It was composed by Georges Manzana Pissarro, the son of the Impressionist Camille Pissarro
  • The light and serene color of the oil demonstrates Pissarro's artistic legacy
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Georges Manzana Pissarro
1871-1961 | French

Bathers

Signed and dated “Manzana Pissarro” (lower right)
Oil on board

The tenants of the impressionist style are clearly on display in this tranquil scene by the French artist Georges Manzana Pissarro. The son of the great Impressionist Camille Pissarro, Manzana learned his craft from his father, and here he revels in the light and serenity of the French landscape. Entitled Bathers, it depicts a pair of women washing themselves in the river, dwarfed by the tree canopy. Camille’s influence is strong in this work, revealing the close ties between father and son; the reflections on the water offer the perfect surface for Manzana to explore the effects of light and color, yet his highly textural brushwork reflects a distinctive Post-Impressionist approach. 

Born in 1871, Manzana studied with his father Camille from an early age and spent his formative years learning from some of the most influential artists of the Impressionist movement, including Claude Monet and Paul Cézanne. He adopted the name Manzana in 1894 after the maiden name of his maternal grandmother, though he resumed using his family name after his father died in 1910. Subjected to rich and diverse influences, Manzana became a versatile artist, working with oil, pastel and watercolor as well as etchings, lithography and stencils. He exhibited his works at the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Indépendants, as well as Durand Ruel and Druet galleries in Paris in the early 1900s.

In 1906 his work began to evolve, and he began experimenting with the decorative arts movement, creating tapestries, glassware, furniture, ceramics and metal work. It was the 1914 exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris that dramatically boosted his career — he exhibited 311 works, including tapestries, carpets, furniture, glassware, decorative paintings, etchings and lithographs. The subsequent years were filled with bright ideas, gilded costumes and a glittering lifestyle as Manzana navigated the 1920s and 30s between Les Andelys and Paris, spending many summers in Brittany. The last years of his life were spent in Menton with his son Félix who was also an accomplished artist. There Manzana returned to the Impressionist tradition of his early years, painting the serene landscapes that surrounded him.

The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Lélia Pissarro.

Early 20th century

Board: 18 3/8“ high x 15 1/4” wide
Frame: 23 3/4“ high x 21 5/8” wide
Bathers by Georges Manzana Pissarro
Maker: Pissarro, Georges Manzana
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: France
Type: Paintings
Depth: 2.0 Inches
Width: 21.63 Inches
Height: 23.75 Inches
Style: Post-Impressionism
Canvas Width: 15.25 Inches
Canvas Height: 18.375 Inches
Bathers by Georges Manzana Pissarro
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