Camille Pissarro (1830 – 1903) was a French Impressionist painter. He is credited as the “Father of Impressionism”, and was one of the first painters to depict rural scenes in modern-day France.
Pissarro was born on the island of St. Thomas to a French Creole family. When he was 12, his family moved to Paris, where he studied at the Academie Julian. He later moved to London, where he lived for several years before returning to Paris in 1855.
Pissarro began painting outdoors in 1859, and was quickly drawn to the work of other Impressionists such as Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. He participated in all eight of the Impressionist exhibitions between 1874 and 1886, and his work was well-received by critics and collectors alike.
Pissarro continued to paint until his death in 1903. His work is characterized by its soft, delicate colors and its intimate portrayal of everyday life.
Pissarro is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential painters of the Impressionist movement. His work has been exhibited in major museums around the world, and his paintings continue to fetch high prices at auction.