Camille Orovida Pissarro (Biographical details)

Camille Orovida Pissarro (printmaker; British; Female; 1893 - 1968)

Also known as

Pissarro, Orovida Camille; Orovida

Biography

Painter and printmaker (signed as 'Orovida', dropping her surname).
Born in Epping, Essex, daughter of the artist Lucien and his wife, Esther Pissarro (qq.v.) and granddaughter of Camille Pissarro. Studied briefly with Walter Sickert (q.v.) in 1913 and with her father in Paris in 1914 when she started experimenting with etching. Her first exhibition in 1921 was shared with the French artist Marie Laurencin. She was greatly influenced by an exhibition of Chinese Paintings and Japanese Screens held at the British Museum in 1924 and subseqently many of her etchings were of Oriental subjects, especially animals. She exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists and had several one-man shows in London and North America. She lived in London. The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, held a memorial exhibition in 1969; a further posthumous exhibition was held at the Leicester Gallery: 'Three Generations of the Pissarro Family' Her work is held in many British and foreign galleries and museums including the V&A Museum, Ashmolean Museum and the British Museum.

Bibliography

C.A. Nicholson, 'List of the Etchings and Aquatints of Orovida', PCQ XIII, 1926, pp.198-202; continued as 'Orovida, Supplementary list of Etchings & Aquatints', PCQ XXVII, 1940, pp.98-105.
Ashmolean Museum 1969, 'A catalogue of the etchings and aquatints by Orovida'