When he returned, he sketched and painted beautiful landscapes of his island home.
The Women by the Seaside
In island lingo, ‘pickin wilks’ refers to the action of wading at the seashore gathering whelks, a snail-like delicacy often boiled and served with a butter sauce.
But more commonly, ‘pickin wilks’ is used to refer to shortened or hiked up pants.
Estate Orkanhullet, Haulover, and Hassel Island
British Officers Quarters
- What was Pissarro thinking at the time?
- Was he just struggling to improve his drawing and capture a moment in time?
- Or was he simply enjoying an afternoon by the ocean, cool breeze gently blowing off the water, and getting lost in plein air sketching with his friend and mentor Fritz Melbye?
“He had the good fortune to be born in the Antilles. There he learned to draw without a teacher.”
About the Author
Dr. Dante Beretta grew up in St. Thomas and now lives in Minnesota. He has been researching his Beretta and Dinzey family history which stretches back at least 200 years in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He’s interested in hearing comments on this story and from anyone interested in finding or indexing the records now available online at the Danish Archives. You may click on his name to send him an email message. To see additional stories by Dr. Beretta, visit this link ==>Beretta Family Stories