Pioneering Modern Painting: Cezanne and Pissarro 1865–1885

Jun 26–Sep 12, 2005


Paul Cezanne. *L’Estaque. 1879–83. Oil on canvas, 31 1/2 × 39″ (80.3 × 99.4 cm). The William S. Paley Collection

Pioneering Modern Painting: Cezanne and Pissarro 1865–1885 is a major exhibition that presents the work of Paul Cezanne and Camille Pissarro in the context of their artistic relationship. This exhibition offers an unprecedented opportunity to examine the parallel creative paths of these two artists, both through their common choices of subject matter and through their intense engagement in exploring new pictorial processes. Very much in the spirit of projects launched at MoMA in the past few years, this exhibition will reveal how modernism developed through acts of exchange and discussion, rather than through isolated enterprises.

Pioneering Modern Painting features approximately eighty paintings and eight drawings executed by both artists as they worked side by side in Pontoise and Auvers in France’s Oise River Valley. An insightful collection of portraits, still lifes, and landscapes is presented—including many that depict exactly the same motif and that are reunited for the first time since they were created.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring a scholarly essay by Joachim Pissarro on this fascinating artistic interchange.

Organized by Joachim Pissarro, Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture.

The exhibition is made possible by The Starr Foundation.

Major support is generously provided by Joan and Preston Robert Tisch.

An indemnity has been granted by the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Additional funding is provided by IXISSM Capital Markets and Iris and James Marden.

The accompanying publication is made possible by the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund.

Hotel accommodations courtesy of Millennium Hotels and Resorts.


  • Pioneering Modern Painting: Cézanne and Pissarro 1865-1885 Hardcover, 256 pages
  • Press release 4 pages


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