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Camille Pissarro

1830 - 1903

Born on the island of Antilles Pissarro was sent to school in Paris in 1842, returning home to his father's shop in 1847. In 1853 he ran away to Venezuela with the painter Fritz Melbye in order to devote himself to art, but his father accepted his vocation and sent him back to Paris to study painting.

His early landscapes show the influence of Corot, whose follower he was until 1865, and also of Courbet, from whom he derived the breadth and full colouring which earned him Corot's disapproval. During the war of 1870 he took refuge in London and discovered the English landscapists, particularly Constable.

Apart from the full colour and precise observation, the most striking aspects of Pissarro's work are his firmness of handling and accented brush work, and the firm, clear tonal definitions of the forms, which strongly influenced Cezanne.

Pissarro's work is central to Impressionism, of which he was the most faithful champion.

Painting

Vue du Louvre, matin
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Painting

Paysannes Portent un Panier, 1888
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