Le Lavandou is a village on the French Riveria where Pissarro stayed with his wife and mother in 1922-3. The artist began to paint the blossoms before they were fully in bloom, but painted it over a long period in order to capture the full flowering. The pink dabs of blossom were painted over the bare branches as the finishing touches to this early spring scene.
Almond Trees, Le Lavandou
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 59.7 x 73 cm
Lucien Pissarro (1863 – 1944) was a French painter and illustrator, and the eldest child of Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro. In 1890 he moved to England on a permanent basis, and created many of his most famous works there. His work, like his father’s, was chiefly landscapes, concentrating on the effects of light and weather conditions. After his move to England, Pissarro helped to found the Camden Town Group of artists along with Walter Richard Sickert. His dedication to the landscapes of both England and France led him to describe himself as a ‘Channel painter’.