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  • Writer's pictureAnn Saul

PISSARRO: An Homage to Julie

Julie Pissarro, pastel, 1883, private collection

Camille Pissarro did not choose the wife that his parents wanted for him, but his choice was an extraordinarily good one. Julie Vellay, born and raised in rural Burgundy, was a kitchen maid in the Pissarro household, when she met the young artist. She was much more than his wife and the mother of his children. The part she played in helping him become the great artist he was has often been ignored or downplayed. Historian and author Karen Lacey-Holder translated letters and conducted detailed research to tell the story in JULIE PISSARRO: AN HOMAGE on her blog London Belletrist ( This new information shines light on Julie’s contribution, but provides a much deeper understanding of the development of Camille Pissarro, the artist.

I am honored that my latest book, Abstract Pissarro, was included in a review by David Carrier for Hyperallergic

Abstract Pissarro is available online at Bookshop, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

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