A founder member of the Camden Town Group, Pissarro’s principle interest in Devon was focused on Blackpool Vale some four miles south west of Dartmouth. He travelled widely in southern England but was particularly inspired by this location. He first visited the area in 1913 to recover from illness and returned in later years. Pissarro was captivated by the topography of the secluded wooded combe and rural buildings scattered alongside the small stream. This setting has changed little since and the artist’s compositions are easily recognized. Pissarro described his landscapes as ‘…little corners which compose harmoniously’.
1921; Lucien Pissarro Apple Blossom Riversbridge Farm; 39138 / RD 60528 (? registered design no.) / ...PLANE DE PARIS (part destroyed)ELI WILNER & CO. / NEW YORK CITY / NEW REPLICA; It was my husband’s invariable experience / that in any of his pictures that he allowed / to be varnished the values were changed and the picture spoilt and / that those left / unvarnished retained all their original freshness. I trust this may avoid future disappointments. / Yours truly.