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Camille Pissarro, French Impressionist (1)

In 1855, Camille Pissarro, came to France just in time to get to the grand International Exhibition held on the Champs-Elysées in Paris from May 15 to November 15, 1855. For the first time it included an extensive section of international art featuring works by artists of twenty-eight nations. The French department was undoubtedly the most brilliant at that exhibition.
Jacob-Abraham-Camille Pissarro was born to Abraham Gabriel Pissarro, a Portuguese Sephardic Jew, and Rachel Manzano-Pomié, from the Dominican Republic. He lived in St. Thomas and worked as a clerk in his father's shop, devoting all his free time to drawing.
For five years he had been struggling to cope with his daily work and his vocation for painting. Unable to obtain parental permission to entirely devote himself to painting, in 1852 he ran away first to Venezuela leaving a note on the table.
Camille Pissarro, French Impressionist (2), (3)

Camille Pissarro. Early PaintingAntilian Landscape, St. Thomas, 1856

Camille Pissarro. Early PaintingsA creek in Saint Thomas, Antilles, 1856



In Paris Pissarro visited Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, who was as usual very friendly. Corot never took students, but was always willing to help with an advice. Pissarro didn't have any significant work to show to the master by then, and obeying his father's wishes he started studying at various academic institutions of Paris ( École des Beaux-Arts, Académie Suisse), including the workshop of Lehmann, a pupil of Ingres. He never stayed long with the same workshop.
Corot is considered Pissarro's most important early influence as his delicate harmony and poetic feeling seemed to be closest to Pissarro's own aspirations. In the catalogs of the 1864 Paris Salons Pissarro listed himself as Corot’s pupil. Claude Monet remembered that Pissarro had been working in the Corot style and it was excellent.

After a three-year stay in Paris, Pissarro moved to the suburbs near Paris, at Montmorency, where he could work en plein air. He painted rural and urban French life, particularly landscapes in and around Pontoise, as well as scenes from Montmartre. In 1859 Pissarro's landscape was accepted by the Salon jury. Finally he could proudly tell his parents that on the fourth year of his stay in France, one of his paintings would be exhibited in the Salon. (Since 1725 the exhibition at the Salon de Paris had been the official art exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. To get exhibited there was essential for any artist in order to achieve success in France.)
Pissarro continued working in the suburbs of Paris. However the next Salon of 1861 rejected his canvas.

Camille Pissarro's Early PaintingTwo Women Chatting by the Sea, St. Thomas, 1856

Camille Pissarro's ArtworkLa Varenne-Saint-Hilaire, View from Champigny, 1863

Camille Pissarro's ArtworksEntering a Village, 1863

Oil Painting by Camille PissarroIn the woods, 1859

Painting by Camille PissarroLandscape with Figures by the River, 1853-54

Oil Paintings by Camille PissarroVillage Corner, 1863

Paintings by Camille PissarroVillage at the Foot of a Hill in St. Thomas, Antilles, 1854-55

Camille PissarroThe Telegraph Tower at Monmartre, 1863

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