Camille Pissarro
(1830-1903)

Died aged 73

Camille Pissarro (French: [kamij pisaʁo]; 10 July 1830 – 13 November 1903) was a Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter born on the island of St Thomas (now in the US Virgin Islands, but then in the Danish West Indies). His importance resides in his contributions to both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Pissarro studied from great forerunners, including Gustave Courbet and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. He later studied and worked alongside Georges Seurat and Paul Signac when he took on the Neo-Impressionist style at the age of 54. In 1873 he helped establish a collective society of fifteen aspiring artists, becoming the "pivotal" figure in holding the group together and encouraging the other members. Art historian John Rewald called Pissarro the "dean of the Impressionist painters", not only because he was the oldest of the group, but also "by virtue of his wisdom and his balanced, kind, and warmhearted personality". Cézanne said "he was a father for me. A man to consult and a little like the good Lord," and he was also one of Gauguin's masters. Renoir referred to his work as "revolutionary", through his artistic portrayals of the "common man", as Pissarro insisted on painting individuals in natural settings without "artifice or grandeur". Pissarro is the only artist to have shown his work at all eight Paris Impressionist exhibitions, from 1874 to 1886. He "acted as a father figure not only to the Impressionists" but to all four of the major Post-Impressionists, including Georges Seurat, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.

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Commemorated on 3 plaques

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Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) impressionist painter stayed on this site 1870-71

77a Westow Hill, Crystal Palace, London, United Kingdom where they stayed (1870-1871)

Camille Pissarro (1831–1903) French impressionist stayed here in 1892

Kew Green and Gloucester Road, Kew, London, United Kingdom where they stayed (1892)

Camille Pissarro, peintre impressionniste, à vécu dans cette demeure de 1869 a 1872

English translation: Camille Pissarro, Impressionist painter, lived in this house in 1869 to 1872

22 Route de Versailles, Louveciennes, France where they lived (1869-1872)