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Camille
Pissarro
French painter
born 1830- died 1903

Nationality:
French

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Biographical Information

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.

Bather in the Woods

1895
Oil on canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art (Manhattan, New York, United States)

Added: 2004-01-22
Bather in the Woods
Gelée Blanche

Translated title: Hoarfrost
1873
Oil on canvas
Musee d'Orsay (Paris, France)

Added: 2004-01-22
Gelée Blanche
Girl Sewing

1895
Oil on canvas
Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois, United States)

Added: 2004-01-22
Girl Sewing
La Côte des Boeufs, the Hermitage

1877
Oil on canvas
National Gallery (London, United Kingdom)

Added: 2004-01-22
La Côte des Boeufs, the Hermitage
Louveciennes: The Road to Versailles

1870
Oil on canvas
Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection (Zurich, Switzerland)

Added: 2004-01-22
Louveciennes: The Road to Versailles
Orchard in Bloom at Louveciennes

1872
Oil on canvas
National Gallery of Art (Washington, District of Columbia, United States)

Added: 2004-01-22
Orchard in Bloom at Louveciennes
Resting in the Woods at Pontoise

1878
Oil on canvas
Kunsthalle (Hamburg, Germany)

Added: 2004-01-22
Resting in the Woods at Pontoise
Sunlight on the Road ­ Pontoise

1874
Oil on canvas
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, United States)

Added: 2004-01-22
Sunlight on the Road ­ Pontoise
Sunset at St. Charles, Eragny

1891
Oil on canvas
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States)

Added: 2004-01-22
The Artist's Garden at Eragny

1898
Oil on canvas
National Gallery of Art (Washington, District of Columbia, United States)

Added: 2004-01-22
The Artist's Garden at Eragny