Artistic emancipation form your elder is not given to all artists. It can be even more difficult to attain when your father is Camille Pissarro, one of the most important painters of the 19th century. Manzana-Pissarro (1871-1961) did not seem to suffer that fate. A painter initially, he was influenced by post-impressionist tendencies as he came of age, and he further broke with tradition as he went along. Exotic subject matters start to appear very early in his oeuvre, likely influenced by Paul Gauguin, whom Manzana admired. As his artistic talent progressed Manzana, who like to draw, also turned to printmaking: the technique of pochoir (stencil) in particular. He liked to depict all manner of animals, both domestic and exotic. His bright colors are unique, and his naïve esthetic approachable. The breath of his oeuvre has yet to be ascertained; but Manazana-Pissarro does seem to have been prolific, both as a painter and as a printmaker.
Porchoir and gouache on black paper, c. 1910. Signed at the base of the sheet by the artist.
Color Pochoir printed in metallic ink on tan paper, c. 1900. Edition of 100. Signed and numbered "8/100" in white ink.