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Ludovic Rodolphe Pissarro, known as Ludovic-Rodo, was born in 1878 in Paris; he was the fourth son of Camille Pissarro. Ludovic-Rodo studied with his father, one of the masters of the Impressionists, and began drawing from nature at an early age. His artistic work embraces a wide range of media, including paintings in oil, tempera, watercolor, gouache, as well as wood engravings, drawings and lithographs.
Ludovic-Rodo published his first wood engravings in the anarchist journal Le Pere Peinard in 1894, and later that year joined his father in Belgium during the anarchist upheavals.
In 1898 he settled in Montmartre with his brother Georges, where he found his subjects in the night life of Paris, the cafes, theaters, circuses and cabarets of the area. 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 World War I, he moved to London, where he stayed until 1919. Many of the works produced by Rodo while he was in England were of major London landmarks. Upon his return to Paris, he and his brothers Manzana and Lucien organized Le Groupe Monarro (Monet/Pissarro), with the purpose to exhibit works by young artists inspired by the Impressionists.
Ludovic-Rodo exhibited regularly at the Salon des Indédendants, and had many solo exhibitions in Parisian galleries. From 1924 on, he divided his time between Paris and Les Andelys in Normandy. In 1939, he published the catalogue raisonné of his father's paintings in two volumes, the result of twenty years of research, and still considered the definitive reference book about Camille's work.