Interesting Facts About Camille Pissarro – The Original Impressionist

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“Blessed are those who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”- Camille Pissarro

Although Camille Pissarro is largely recognized as the original impressionist of the 19th century, there is much to know and learn about the masterful landscape painter.

Here are some interesting facts about the renowned impressionist, Camille Pissarro:

  • He was the teacher and friend of Gauguin, Cezanne, and Cassatt.
  • He studied painting under Danish landscape painter Melbye.
  • Pissarro was acquainted with many artists of his day including Manet, Whistler, Cezanne, Gleyre, Monet, Sisley and Bazille.
  • He is known as the “Father of Impressionism.”
  • He was born in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.
  • He was the son of a Portuguese Jew who ran a general store.
  • He attended classes for art and drawing at both the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Academie Suisse.
  • His paintings were sometimes, though infrequently, accepted by the Paris art salons.
  • He struggled often to support his family, including six children, which left him to take up odd jobs such as fan painting in order to support them.
  • Some of his most famous works include the “Garden of Les Mathurins at Pontoise” and the “Entrance to the Village of Voisins.”
  • His son, Lucien, was also his pupil and followed in his footsteps to study and create art.

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