Ludovic Rodo Pissarro (1878-1952)

7 eme Bal de l'AAAA Skater, 1929
Lithograph, original color poster
47.50 x 31.50 in
SKU: 1083d
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"7Eme Bal de l'AAAA Skater" is an original color lithograph poster by Ludovic Rodo Pissarro. The artist signed the piece in plate lower right. It depicts a woman in a red coat skating with a polar bear. The poster is extremely rare, with the artist's family having only seen uncompleted sketches prior to viewing the completed poster in the gallery.

TRANSLATION:
7th Annual Ball of the AAAA
Wear Mask (Costume optional)
May 3 1929
“A Magic City”
“A night at the North Pole”
Attractions, Procession, Costume contest
Entries 40 francs Loge 300 francs and 500 francs
Tickets are in all of the art galleries to the event
Headquarters 82 Vaneau street and A Magic City

47 1/2" x 31 1/2" art
53 1/2" x 37 1/2" frame

Ludovic-Rodolphe Pissarro, born in Paris in 1878, was Camille Pissarro’s fourth son, and encouraged by his father he began drawing from nature at an early age. He was familiarly known as Rodo and generally signed his works ‘Ludovic-Rodo’ (or early on in his career, just ‘Rodo’).

The impact of Camille’s art and teaching on Rodo was obviously considerable, and his artistic production encompassed a wide range of media, including oil painting, tempera, watercolour, gouache, wood engraving, drawing and lithography. He also exhibited regularly at the Salon des Indépendents over a forty year period.

In 1894, at the age of sixteen, Rodo published his first wood engravings in the anarchist journal, Le Pere Peinard, and when Camille left France for the safety of Belgium during the anarchist upheavals of that year Rodo joined him there.

Rodo moved into his first studio in Montmartre with his brother Georges in 1898 and found the night-life of Paris, and the habitués of the cafes, theatres, circuses and cabarets of the area, compelling subjects for his work. With his younger brother Paulémile he met artists such as Kees Van Dongen, Maurice de Vlaminck and Raoul Dufy, and in 1905 he participated in the first Fauve exhibition at the Salon des Indépendents.

At the outbreak of war in 1914 Rodo moved to England, and over the next few years he lived mainly in and around West London. He worked closely with his brother Lucien to establish, in 1915, the Monarro Group which was formed with the aim of exhibiting work by contemporary artists inspired by Impressionism. Many of the works produced by Rodo while he was in England were of major London landmarks. After 1924, when Rodo had already returned to France, he divided his time between Paris and Les Andelys in Normandy.

Despite his rich artistic heritage and his achievements as an artist, Rodo is perhaps best remembered for his contribution to art history. For twenty years he researched and compiled a catalogue of his father’s paintings – a project that was finally published in two volumes in 1939 and which is still considered to be the definitive reference book on Camille’s work. Rodo told Lucien that the compilation of this catalogue was a fascinating task, revealing as it did “the work of the artist, its highs and lows, its progress as a whole through acquired experience”.
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