Presented by the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford (UK), with loans from two private collections and support by Stern Pissarro Gallery, the "Lucien Pissarro in England: The Eragny Press 1895 - 1914" exhibition can be visited until March 13, 2011.
The exhibition will include all the 32 books printed by Lucien and his wife Esther at their home in London, along with his preparatory drawings and paintings by his father, Camille Pissarro, who assisted him during the 1890s.
With texts of French and English authors, ranging from classic to modern literature, the Eragny Press handmade books contain exquisite illustrations, often printed in colour and sometimes with added gold, and were printed using wood blocks designed by Lucien and cut by him and his wife.
Among the 32 books are included: "Un Coeur Simple" by Gustave Flaubert (1901), "Of Gardens" by Sir Francis Bacon, first published in 1625, and the fairytale "The Queen of Fishes" by Gerard de Nerval, the first book published by Eragny Press in 1895 and translated into English by Margaret Rust.
The "Lucien Pissarro in England: The Eragny Press 1895 - 1914" exhibition will include drawings by english illustrators such as Augustus John, Charles Keene, Henry Tonks, John Ruskin, Sargent, and Sir Edward Burne-Jones, among others.
The Eragny Press was founded by Lucien Pissarro in 1894, named after the village in Normandy where is family lived, and was forced to close in 1914 with the outbreak of WWII.