Why Famous: Camille Pissarrro was an influential Impressionist and Post-Impressionist French painter. Born to French Jewish parents on Saint Thomas in the West Indies, Pissarro moved to Caracas then Paris where he studied under such masters as Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Gustave Courbet.
From the 1860s Pissarro's works were accepted at the Paris Salon. In 1863 he exhibited at the famous Salon des Refusés.
As a result of the Franco-Prussian War Pissarro fled to London where he lived 1870-1 and when he returned found much of his earlier works destroyed.
Back in France Pissarro became a mentor to younger artists such as Paul Cézanne and Paul Gauguin. In 1874 he was also part of the first Impressionist exhibition in Paris.
- 1871-06-14 Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro (40) weds Julie Vellay in London
- 1863-05-15 Salon des Refusés opens in Paris, exhibition of works rejected by official Salon, features Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro, Henri Fantin-Latour, James Whistler, and Édouard Manet
- 1874-04-15 First 'Impressionist' exhibition opens in Paris, features Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and Berthe Morisot