Camille Pissarro was born on July 10 1830 in Saint-Thomas, France. He is a famous Impressionist painter.
Biography and Career :
Camille Pissarro spent his childhood and youth at Saint-Thomas in the Antilles where he studied painting under the Danish landscapist Melbye. Despite the insistence of his father who was a businessman, Pissarro refused to make a career in comJllerce and went to Paris in 1855. There he entered the Academie Suisse and was initially influenced by Corot. He first exhibited at the Salon of 1859 and participated in the Salon des Refuses of 1863. At that time Pissarro made the acquaintance of Manet, Whistler and Cezanne, and later met Gleyre's pupils, Monet, Sisley and Bazille.
During the Franco-Prussian War Pis sarro lived in London where he met Monet a
nd was introduced to Paul Durand-Ruel. After his return to France he worked with Cezanne at Pontoise between 1872 and 1874 and took part in all the eight Impressionist exhibitions. His continual struggle to provide for his family of six children forced him to take up odd jobs, such as fan painting.
In 1885, Pissarro joined up with the Divisionists and sent his works to their exhibitions. In 1890, however, he abandoned the Di visionist technique and returned to the freer handling of his original manner. In 1885, he settled in the village of Eragny near Gisors. During the last years of his life he often left it to stay for long periods in Paris, Rouen and Dieppe, where he painted town views from hotel windows.
Pissarro died in Eragny-sur-Epte on either November 12 or November 13, 1903 and was buried in Pi¨re Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. On his tomb it reads 12 November 1903.
Famous Works :
- Garden of Les Mathurins at Pontoise
- The Stage Coach at Louveciennes ( 1870; Musee d'Orsay)
- Entrance to the Village of Voisins (1872)
- Gelee blanche (Hoarfrost) (1873)
- Les chataigniers a Osny (The Chestnut Trees at Osny)
- Village Path 1875; Rudolphe Staechelin Foundation, Basel
- The Red Roofs
- Landscape at Chaponval (1880; Musee d'Orsay; Painted near Pontoise)
- The Shepherdess (Young Peasant Girl with a Stick) (1881) Musee d'Orsay, Paris
- Peasant Girl Drinking her Coffee (1881) The Art Institute of Chicago
- Haymakers Resting (1891) McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX
- "Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing."
- "By Jove we were inseparable."
- He is also known as the "Father of Impressionism".
- His father, Abraham Gabriel Pissarro was a Portuguese Sephardic Jew and his mother Rachel Manzana-Pomie was from the Dominican Republic.
- Camille's great-grandson, Joachim Pissarro, is currently the Head Curator of Drawing and Painting at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
- His great-granddaughter, Lelia, is a successful painter and resides in London.
Camille Pissarro Image Source : art-artist.co.uk