From time to time, when in town, Pissarro worked at the "Swiss Academy" on the Quay des Orfèvres, founded by a former model and named after him. The Academy did not offer courses, but provided young artists with models for a small fee. There Pissarro met Monet and Cezanne.
Apparently, he was always welcome in the Cafe Guerbois as there was no one who didn't like him or have a deep respect for this generous and level-headed artist.
Passionately interested in politics, a socialist and a staunch atheist, he linked the struggle of artists to the general situation of an artist in the contemporary society. But no matter how radical was his ideas there was no hatred. His friends knew about his own difficulties and admired the complete absence of bitterness and even cheerfulness when he discussed the most serious problems.
Camille Pissarro, French Impressionist (1), (3)
The only vendor who showed some interest for the paintings of young artists at that time, was a father Martin, who sometimes sold Corot's artworks and almost without exception all of Jonkind's paintings.
Pissarro started dealing with him in 1868, but Martin paid only 20 to 40 francs, selling the paintings at prices ranging from 60 to 80 francs.
The artists had little hope in raising prices in the near future, if they failed to win the attention and favor of the public, which could be done only through the Salon.
The Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71 compelled Pissarro to flee his home in Louveciennes and settle in London. He couldn't bring along his paintings, almost everything he'd created since 1855 as well as a certain number of Monet's artworks.
In London Pissarro kept receiving unpleasant news from his landlord in France who informed him that the Germans had set up in his house a butcher's shop and the paintings she had managed to save the Prussians used as a carpet spreading them in the garden and walking on them. About 40 paintings were saved out of 500.
In London the art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel bought 2 Pissarro's paintings for 200 francs each.