Camille Pissarro (1830–1903), The Plow (Frontispiece for Les temps nouveaux), 1898. Lithograph printed in olive green, red, blue, and yellow on ivory wove paper, Image: 8 13/16 x 5 7/8 in. (22.4 x 15 cm); sheet: 15 11/16 x 11 7/16 in. (39.8 x 29.1 cm). Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1962.96 [Image © Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts (photo by Michael Agee)]

Pissarro's Politics in Context:
Anarchism and the Arts in France, 1849-1900

Saturday, September 10, 2011
9:00 am

The Clark’s Research and Academic Program brought together noted scholars, including Richard R. Brettell, curator of the exhibit, Linda Nochlin, and Joachim Pissarro, and discussed the impact of radical politics on artists in Europe at the end of the nineteenth century, giving us a context in which to understand the exhibition Pissarro's People.

This symposium aimed to reassess the place of radical politics in the visual arts of the 1890s, including that of Camille Pissarro and his circle.

Pissarro’s Politics in Context marked the beginning of a new series of events organized jointly between the Research and Academic Program and the Museum at the Clark asking what the repercussions are—for both curators and art historians—of a particular exhibition.

Participants included:
Allan Antliff, University of Victoria, Canada; Richard Brettell, The University of Texas at Dallas (unable to attend); Stephen Eisenman, Northwestern University; Patricia Leighten, Duke University; Karen Levitov, The Jewish Museum; Linda Nochlin, Independent Scholar, NYC; Joachim Pissarro, Hunter Art Department; Robyn Roslak, University of Minnesota-Duluth; Dana Ward, Pitzer College

View video of symposium proceedings

Stephen Eisenman

Anarchism, Insurrection, and Revolutionary Memory
Allan Antliff

 Anarchist Culture on the Cusp of the 20th Century
Dana Ward

Pissarro’s Revolutionary Path
Karen Levitov

Pissarro’s Representation of Women
Linda Nochlin

‘Vive la Révolution’ or ‘Vive la République,’? Interrogating Félix Vallotton’s Woodcut Prints from the Era of Anarchist Attentats
Robyn Roslak

From Mutual Aid to Radical Individualism: Neoimpressionism and Fauvism in Light of Anarchist Aesthetic Theory
Patricia Leighten

Joachim Pissarro

*This program was funded by a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation.