A Photo Tour of the Camille Pissarro Gallery on St. Thomas

by Sandra Foyt on August 15, 2011

in Travel Photos

One of the most influential French Impressionists was not from France. Camille Pissarro was born on the island of St. Thomas, then under Danish rule, but now one of the US Virgin Islands.

I had a chance to learn more about the revolutionary artist when Pissarro’s People was on exhibit at  The Clark Institute in Williamstown, MA. (For more on this exhibit, see this Family Adventure post by Lissa Jacobson.)

Year round, art lovers can learn about Camille Pissarro at his birthplace, now home to the Camille Pissarro Gallery in Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands.

The art gallery is tucked away in a small alley among the historic duty free shops that line Charlotte Amalie’s Main Street in St. Thomas.

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A short flight of stairs brings visitors to the art gallery which fills three light-filled, high-ceilinged rooms blanketed by contemporary art from local artists.

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It’s hard to resist a peek down at the shoppers strolling along the bustling Main Street, and to imagine what this scene might have looked like to the young Pissarro in the mid-1880’s.

One small wall is devoted to a short biography Pissarro, and a few prints of some of his paintings set in St. Thomas.

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I wish I could see more of Pissarro’s original artwork from the Virgin Islands. A few years back, Lilienfeld House hosted an exhibit of Camille Pissarro’s earliest works, over fifty oil sketches, watercolors, and ink and pencil sketches on oil and paper. You can learn more about that exhibit, as well as Pissarro’s earliest years here. You can also find a short video tour of the Camille Pissarro Gallery here.

Find It!

Camille Pissarro Gallery
14 Main St, Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands 008o2
Caribbean Cultural Centre
(340) 774-4621

Virgin Islands Family Travel

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

bernard klein December 5, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Do you have any pictures for sale of pissarro’s work in the virgin islands/.
I have 2 beautiful prints that I bought at a gallery in charlotte amalie but don’t remember the name or location. thanks.

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