Camille Pissarro

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Camille Pissarro

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French Impressionist painter

Born 1830 - Died 1903

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The Hermitage at Pontoise


Oil on canvas

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, United States

Orchard in Bloom at Louveciennes


Oil on canvas

National Gallery of Art, Washington, United States

Gelée Blanche



Oil on canvas

Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France

Sunlight on the Road ­ Pontoise


Oil on canvas

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, United States

La Côte des Boeufs, the Hermitage


Oil on canvas

National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Resting in the Woods at Pontoise


Oil on canvas

Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

Bather in the Woods


Oil on canvas

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, United States

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PISSARRO, CAMILLE (1831-1903), French painter, was born at St Thomas in the Danish Antilles, of Jewish parents of Spanish extraction. He went to Paris at the age of twenty, and, as a pupil of Corot [1796-1875], came into close touch with the Barbizon masters. Though at first he devoted himself to subjects of the kind which will ever be associated with the name of Millet [1814-1875], his interest was entirely absorbed by the landscape, and not by the figures. He subsequently fell under the spell of the rising impressionist movement and threw in his lot with Monet [1840-1926] and his friends, who were at that time the butt of public ridicule. Like Monet, he made sunlight, and the effect of sunlight on the objects of nature, the chief subjects of his paintings, whether in the country or on the Paris boulevards. About 1885 he took up the laboriously scientific method of the pointillists, but after a few years of these experiments he returned to a broader and more attractive manner. Indeed, in the closing years of his life he produced some of his finest paintings, in which he set down with admirable truth the peculiar atmosphere and color and teeming life of the boulevards, streets and bridges of Paris and Rouen. He died in Paris in 1903.

Pissarro is represented in the Caillebotte room at the Luxembourg, and in almost every collection of impressionist paintings. A number of his finest works are in the collection of M. Durand-Ruel in Paris.

Source: Entry on the artist in the 1911 Edition Encyclopedia.