The musée Marmottan Monet, on the edge of the genteel 16th arrondissement of Paris, has just a few special exhibits a year and I often find that I’ve arived either too late or too early for their latest offering. This summer, I’ll arrive on time to see the first show in Paris dedicated to Camille Pissarro in almost four decades. The show is currently on and will continue until July 2, 2017.
Pissarro moved outside of Paris with his family to live more economically and he often painted his modest village and its surroundings. I found a great Pissarro quote, “Benis soient ceux qui sont capables de voir la beauté dans les lieux les plus modestes là où d’autres ne voient rien” which means “Blessed are those who are capable of seeing beauty in the humblest places where others see nothing.” Well, the musée Marmottan Monet is about as far from a humble place as it is possible to get! Pissarro would probably be surprised by all the attention.