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Self Portrait - Camille Pissarro. 56x46
Pissarro created his most famous self-portrait in 1873.. All these works relate to the last period of the artist.
Self Portrait 1873 - the only really famous work in this genre. The artist was then forty-three years old. His bald head, sharp features, gray hair and beard make him older. Even then, he recalls with his appearance the biblical prophet, which, however, is noticed by everyone who meets with Pissarro at that time, jokingly calling him either Moses or Abraham.
In 1873, Pissarro lives in Pontoise and is constantly in the company of Cezanne. This communication was one of the most fruitful and valuable for 19th-century French painting. The result of such close friendship between the two masters were numerous portraits in which the artists depicted each other. In the Self-portrait, namely in the unhurried thoroughness of his composition, the influence of Cezanne is very noticeable. The composition of the picture is carefully thought out, and the dark torso only emphasizes the power of the impression made. Pissarro managed to create the illusion of a uniform block, an unshakable rock.
It should be remembered that 1873 is the period preceding the First Impressionist Exhibition. The Self-Portrait reveals a new style of Pissarro. Two landscapes depicted in the background are shown schematically, but their content and form of expression resemble paintings of the Impressionists. And Pissarro writes his face as he would a landscape. Here is the same play of light and color, the same spontaneity and barely marked depth - features that are characteristic of almost all landscapes of the artist.
A thin, almost transparent layer of paint is applied with barely noticeable, light and swift brush movements.
The typical classical human pose in the picture evokes memories of the long-standing traditions of painting (the works of Chardin (1699-1779) and Poussin (1594-1665), which Pissarro and Cezanne always admired.
The influence of Chardin is especially noticeable on the example of the last self-portrait of Pissarro, written in early 1903. Hat, double-rimmed glasses: all this is just an ironic echo, a kind of mirror of the well-known self-portrait of Chardin, on which he imprinted himself in a pince-nez and an eccentric hat with a green visor.