Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro (kämē´yə pēsärō´), 1830–1903, French impressionist painter, b. St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. In Paris from 1855, he came under the influence of Corot and the Barbizon school. Later he allied himself with the impressionists, and was represented in all of the eight impressionist exhibitions (1874–1886). In 1884 he experimented with the theories of color devised by Seurat. Abandoning divisionism in the 1890s, he reverted to a freer, more vital interpretation of nature. It was not until then that his works began to be popular. Pissarro's warmth and generosity made him an endearing figure to many French painters. He was especially beloved as teacher and friend to Gauguin, Cézanne, and Cassatt. His son Lucien was also his pupil. Pissarro's paintings are in many leading American collections, including Le Fond de l'Hermitage (Cleveland Mus. of Art) and Bather in the Woods (Metropolitan Mus.).

See his works ed. by J. Rewald (1963); his Letters to his Son Lucien ed. by J. Rewald (1943); W. S. Meadmore, Lucien Pissarro (1963).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Camille Pissarro: Selected full-text books and articles

Nazi-Looted Art: Preserving a Legacy By Bickford, Alyssa Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, Vol. 49, No. 1-2, Spring 2017
Camille Pissarro at the Jewish Museum By Wilkin, Karen New Criterion, Vol. 26, No. 6, February 2008
Cezanne & Pissarro: A Crucial Friendship By Wilkin, Karen New Criterion, Vol. 24, No. 1, September 2005
Historical Dictionary of the French Second Empire, 1852-1870 By William E. Echard Greenwood Press, 1985
Librarian's tip: "Pissarro, Camille (1830-1903)" begins on p. 487
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