PISSARRO Camille (1830-1903)

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PISSARRO Camille (1830-1903)
Monogrammed autograph letter addressed to his wife Julie S.l.n.d. [circa 1888-1889], 2 pages in-12 in ink. (Some stains in the margins). "Lucien tells you that I have a device on the tear-bag, it is not painful, but it is nicely embarrassing, but I would be very comfortable if this means could succeed, it would avoid me an operation which would be even more annoying and which would require a rather long bandage. ...] Lucien tells you what I'm going to do to get some money, as always, it's a long way to go, but I'll have to find it by dint of searching. I have plans every day. A few Americans are here, I will try to see them and do business [...]. I will try to see them and do business [...]. "Give the children a good hug for me; the grandmother is always at her lowest ebb, she is getting weaker every day. From 1888 until her death in 1903, Camille Pissarro endured at least a dozen eye ailments (dacryocystitis). Dr. Parenteau, a homeopathic ophthalmologist, performed several more or less important interventions. As he explains in this letter, Pissarro tried to wear a pad compressing the lacrimal sac, but with more or less success. He had to wash his eye at all times and wear a bandage with a headband because of the glare. All these constraints forced him to paint landscapes from a window, especially from the bay of his studio or the window of a hotel. This is what led him to create urban views from 1892, when he moved back to Paris to be able to consult his ophthalmologist at any time. He moved into six different apartments in order to multiply the views, and began to paint from the high floors of the buildings, with a bird's eye view.
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