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  • Worcester Art Museum Hosts Leading Expert on French Impressionist Painter Camille Pissarro

    WORCESTER, MASS., APRIL 4, 2000 - Dr. Joachim Pissarro, a leading authority on the work of his great grandfather, the famous French Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro, will be the keynote speaker at the Worcester Art Museum's annual Stephen Salisbury Society Gala on Sunday, April 16, 2000. Dr. Pissarro will discuss the recently recovered Pissarro painting featured in Pissarro and Other Masters: The Stoddard Legacy, as well as the influence Gauguin had on his great grandfather.

    Born in Normandy, Dr. Pissarro is the Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Curator of European and Contemporary Art at Yale University Art Gallery. Previously, he was the chief curator, Kimbell Art Museum, Forth Worth, Texas; the director of the Musée de la Foundation de l'Hermitage, Lausanne, Switzerland; and the director of Impressionist and Modern Paintings and Sculpture Department, Phillips, London. He has also been an independent curator in contract with the Dallas Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Royal Academy, London. The author of several scholarly publications, reviews and articles, Dr. Pissarro is working on a catalogue of Camille Pissarro's paintings, and a catalogue of Camille Pissarro's works on paper.

    Dr. Pissarro's presentation will be in Tuckerman Hall, followed by dinner at the Museum. This event is hosted by the Museum to thank the members of its Stephen Salisbury Society who have made an annual donation of at least $1,100. To join the Stephen Salisbury Society and attend this gala evening, please call the Museum at (508) 799-4406, X-3022.

    Museum Background

    Opened to the public in 1898, the Worcester Art Museum is the second largest art museum in New England. Its exceptional 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings is displayed in 36 galleries and spans 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Throughout its first century, the Worcester Art Museum proved itself a pioneer: the first American museum to purchase work by Claude Monet (1910) and Paul Gauguin (1921); the first museum to bring a medieval building to America (1927); a sponsor of the first major excavation at Antioch, one of the four great cities of ancient Rome (1932); the first museum to create an Art All-State program for high school artists (1987); the originator of the first exhibition of Dutch master Judith Leyster (1993); and the first museum to focus its contemporary art programs on art of the last 10 years (1998). The Museum's hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission: FREE for members; Non-members: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors and full-time college students with current ID; FREE for youth 17 and under; FREE for everyone Saturday mornings 10am-noon sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company. For more information, call (508) 799-4406 or visit the Museum at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester.