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'Lost' Pissarro Art to Be Shown

December 15, 1996

More than 40 drawings and watercolors newly attributed to French Impressionist Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) go on display Monday in the U.S. Virgin Islands for their first public viewing.

The artworks, depicting island life, had been in storage at Olana, the Hudson, N.Y., estate of American painter Frederick Church (1826-1900). For years they were assumed to be the work of a minor Danish painter, said Karen Zukowski, curator of the Olana State Historic Site. But a recent examination by Richard Brettell, former Dallas Museum of Art director, indicated they were done by Pissarro, she said. Many are signed by Pissarro.

The exhibit, at the Lilienfeld House in Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas, a major port for cruise ships, is part of the bicentennial celebration of the St. Thomas Hebrew Congregation; Pissarro's family belonged to the synagogue. It ends March 14. Information: (809) 777-1186.

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