Camille Pissarro: The Audacity of Impressionism

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About the Author

Anka Muhlstein is the author of biographies of Queen Victoria, James de Rothschild, and Cavelier de La Salle; studies on Catherine de Médicis, Marie de Médicis, and Anne of Austria; a double biography, Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart; Balzac's Omelette (Other Press, 2011), Monsieur Proust's Library (Other Press, 2015), and The Pen and the Brush (Other Press, 2017). She won the Goncourt Prize for her biography of Astolphe de Custine, and has received two prizes from the Académie française. She and her husband, Louis Begley, are the authors of Venice for Lovers. They live in New York City.

Adriana Hunter studied French and Drama at the University of London. She has translated more than ninety books, including Marc Petitjean's The Heart: Frida Kahlo in Paris and Hervé Le Tellier's The Anomaly and Eléctrico W, winner of the French-American Foundation's 2013 Translation Prize in Fiction. She lives in Kent, England.


"Cézanne hailed him as the first Impressionist, and from these pages Pissarro certainly emerges as the most beguiling. Faced with every manner of obstacle--from financial woes to anti-Semitism to the destruction of his paintings during the Paris Commune to an inhospitable art world--Pissarro held his own, ceaselessly experimenting with new subjects and styles. Anka Muhlstein has done him proud. Lithe, incisive, and sparkling, this is a model biography." --Stacy Schiff, author of Cleopatra: A Life and The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams

"On rare occasions, a biography introduces you to an artist whose life reminds you of all the joy and beauty on offer to those who seek them, along with all the hardship the seeker must transcend. Camille Pissarro is such a character, and Anka Muhlstein's exquisite portrait of him is such a revelation." --Judith Thurman, National Book Award-winning author of Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller

"Anka Muhlstein's life of Pissarro is a story about devotion. We see the young man travel from his native Saint Thomas in the Caribbean and create himself as a French painter in the shared adventure of Impressionism, holding fast to his vision through poverty, vilification, and family sorrow. A noble tale of art and friendship, in Muhlstein's telling, as dappled and subtle as Pissarro's own paintings. When I reached the final pages, my heart was full." --Rosanna Warren, author of Max Jacob: A Life in Art and Letters

"Here is life-writing at its most vivid and engrossing. Pissarro emerges as heroic in his artistic dedication and collegial generosity--a patriarch and saint among the painters of modern life. Muhlstein's portrait pulses with all the particulars of a mighty life and career. Her Pissarro is irresistible." --Benjamin Taylor, author of Proust: The Search

Praise for Monsieur Proust's Library

"This gemlike exploration of the literary underpinnings of À la recherche du temps perdu reveals a Marcel Proust who did not so much read books as 'absorb' them." --The New Yorker

"With Monsieur Proust's Library, Anka Muhlstein has added another volume to the collection of splendid books about Proust. A woman of intellectual refinement, subtle understanding, and deep literary culture...Muhlstein is an excellent provisioner of high-quality intellectual goods." --Wall Street Journal

"[Muhlstein] here turns her attention to Proust's enthusiasms, antagonisms, and literary influences...sensitive to nuances of style and echoes of older standard French authors." --Edmund White, New York Review of Books