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Original Etching


Signed, titled & dated 1930 and numbered 22/50

7 ¾” x 9 ¾” (198mm x 247mm)

Overall framed size 17 1/8” x 18 3/8” (435mm x 467mm)                                                                       IMAGE          IMAGE



Orivida Pissarro was an etcher and painter.  She was born at Epping, Essex, the daughter of the artistsLucien Pissaro and the granddaughter of the impressionist Camille Pissarro.  She studied painting with her father and briefly with Walter Sickert.  In 1914 in France she started experimenting with etching and then on her return to England she bought a press and a book on the technique of etchings and set to work.  She was influenced by Chinese, Japanese, Persian and Indian art which can be seen in much of her work, especially animals.  She first exhibited in London in 1919, showing regularly at the Royal Academy, the New English Art Club, the Royal Society of British Artists, of which she was a Member, and the Womens’ International Art Club, of which she was also a Member.  She also exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Redfern Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery, the London Salon, Leicester Art Gallery, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, the Glasgow Institute and the Goupil Gallery.   She had solo shows in London and North America.  In 1921 she exhibited in a joint exhibition with the French artist Marie Laurencin.  In 1969 the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford held a memorial show of her etchings, paintings and drawings and published a catalogue of her etchings and aquatints.  She signed her work “Orivida”.

Of singular appearance Orivida was the subject of two remarkable portraits by Carel Weight R.A., one in the Ashmolean and the other in the Tate Gallery.  Her work can be found in the collections of the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Ashmolean Museum Oxford, the New York Public Library U.S.A., the Rijks Museum Amsterdam, the Stockholm Art Museum and the Contemporary Art Society and many other British as well as many other galleries throughout the world.