About the Artist:
Ludovic Rodolphe Pissarro (1878-1952), was a French painter. He was the fourth son of the impressionist painter Camille Pissarro. Familiarly known as “Rodo”, he adopted this name as a pseudonym and generally signed his works “Ludovic-Rodo” or “Rodo”.
The impact of Camille’s art and teaching on Rodo was considerable, and his artistic production encompassed a wide range of media, including oil painting, tempera, watercolor, gouache, wood engraving, drawing and lithography.
With his brothers, Lucien and Manzana, he founded a new painters group called “Monarro”, the title derivative the Monet and Pissarro names. They invited Claude Monet to be its honorary president. Their early exhibitions, very well received in the press and public,were primarily landscapes of Brittany and Normandy where the influence of his father was undeniable.
Rodo’s favorite subjects was Paris, which he devoted much of his work to. He displayed a great sensitivity to life in Paris in the thirties, preferring to paint the crowds and characters under the artificial lighting of the Parisian cafes, theaters, circuses and cabarets to subjects lit by the natural outdoor lighting of his father.
Ludovic-Rodolphe would likely have been remembered as a great painter, too. Instead, he’s most recalled today as an art historian, responsible for cataloging the life’s work, notes and correspondences of his father, Camille Pissarro. [DES-02/16]