Camille Pissarro (French)
Born 1830 on the island of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands — Died 1903 in Paris, France
Camille Pissarro was a French landscape artist best known for his influence on Impressionist and Postimpressionist painting. While the Impressionists are known for their depictions of city streets and country leisure, Pissarro painted images of the day-to-day life of French peasants. His greatest work joins his fascination with rural subject matter with empirical study of nature under different conditions of light and atmosphere, deriving from intense study of French Realism.
The only painter to exhibit in all eight Impressionist salon exhibitions organized between 1874 and 1888, Camille Pissarro became a pivotal artist and mentor within the movement. He continually sought out younger, progressive artists as colleagues, and his articulation of scientific color theory in his later work would prove indispensable for the following generation of avant-garde painters.
Camille Pissarro is represented in every major Impressionist museum collection throughout the world.
Maisons et Cathedrale
Pencil on paper, 5.5 x 8.5 inches.