Camille Pissarro

Painter Camille Pissarro

Profession: Painter


Biography: 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.

Born: July 10, 1830
Birthplace: Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, Danish West Indies (now US Virgin Islands)
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: November 13, 1903 (aged 73)

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  • 1871-06-14 Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro (40) weds Julie Vellay in London

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