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This is a portrait of the artist's third son, aged seven. Unlike many other Impressionists, Camille Pissarro was concerned in his portraits to convey in a traditional manner something of the individual character of his sitters. Here he has captured his son in a pensive, as well as slightly bored or frustrated, attitude. His son went on to be a painter and engraver, but died at the age of only twenty-three from tuberculosis while living at Kew, London.

August 2004