MINETTE

Of all the Pissarro children, Jeanne-Rachel (called “Minette”), was her father’s favorite. As a toddler her father often painted her with her mother in genre scenes and landscapes, and she appears in more portraits than any of her siblings. When she was just eight years old, Minette grew ill, and Pissarro represented her decline in a moving series of paintings, drawings, and a heartbreaking lithograph showing her as she lay dying. Few painters have dealt with the short life and death of a child more sensitively and dispassionately.

"Jeanne Pissarro, Called Minette, Sitting in the Garden, Pontoise," ca. 1872. Oil on canvas, 28 3/4 x 23 5/8 in. (73 x 60 cm). Private collection.