Camille Pissarro

1830 Born on the West Indian island of St Thomas, then part of the Danish Virgin Islands, to a Jewish family.

1842 Sent to boarding school in Paris. His gifts as an artist are discovered and nurtured.

1847 Returns to St Thomas in order to go into the family business.

1852 Travels with the Danish artist Fritz Melbye to Venezuela where they establish a studio.

1855 Pissarro arrives in Paris.

1856 Works in the studio of Fritz Melbye’s brother, Anton.

1859 Meets Monet while attending the Académie Suisse.

1860 Julie Vellay comes to live with the Pissarro family as a servant and Pissarro forms a liaison with her.

1861 Meets Cézanne and Guillaumin at the Académie Suisse.

1866 Meets Manet. Attends meetings at the Café Guerbois and at Bazille’s studio with Monet, Renoir, Sisley and others.

1869 Moves to Louveciennes, just outside Paris, and begins to paint in an Impressionist style.

1870 With the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war Pissarro flees advancing troops. Eventually arrives in London in December.

1871 Marries Julie at Croydon in June. Returns to France to find his house has been looted with the loss of over 1,000 paintings.

1872 Moves to Pontoise where he works with Cézanne who is deeply influenced by Pissarro.

1874 Shows five paintings at the First Impressionist Exhibition.

1876 Thirteen paintings by Pissarro are exhibited at the Second Impressionist Exhibition.

1877 Exhibits 22 paintings at the Third Impressionist Exhibition.

1879 Works with Paul Gauguin.

1883 The dealer Durand-Ruel mounts an exhibition of Pissarro’s work.

1884 Moves to Eragny-sur-Epte in Normandy.

1885 Pissarro is introduced to Signac and Seurat and adopts a pointillist style.

1888 Contracts an eye infection which causes him problems for the rest of his life.

1890 An operation is deemed necessary for his eye.

1892 Provides financial help for the families of detained anarchist activists. Visits London. Monet helps him to buy his house at Eragny.

1894 Visits Belgium where he stays with the Neo-Impressionist Théo van Rysselberghe.

1896 Paints series of paintings of the Bridges and Quays of Rouen.

1901 Paints series of views of Dieppe.

1903 Dies in Paris.



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Camille Pissarro - Selected Works

1864 Banks of the Marne, Glasgow, Art Gallery and Museum

1868 L’Hermitage at Pontoise, New York, Guggenheim Museum

1869 The Road at Louveciennes, London, National Gallery

1870 Lower Norwood, London: Snow Effect, London, National Gallery

1871 The Avenue, Sydenham, London, National Gallery

1872 The Road to Louveciennes, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1872 The Seine at Port-Marly, Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie

1873 Route de Gisors at Pontoise in Winter, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts

1875 The Harvest at Montfoucault, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1877 The Red Roofs, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1877 Cotes des Boeuf at L’Hermitage, London, National Gallery

1881 Peasant Girl with Stick, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1883 The Quays at Rouen, London, Courtauld Institute Galleries

1888 L’Ile Lacroix at Rouen, the Effect of Fog, Philadelphia Museum of Art

1889 Apple Picking at Eragny-sur-Epte, Dallas, Museum of Art

1889 The Gleaners, Basel, Offentliche Kunstsammlung

1890 Peasants in the Fields, Eragny, Buffalo, Albright-Knox Art Gallery

1890 Charing Cross Bridge, London, Washington DC , National Gallery of Art

1893 Place du Havre, Paris, Chicago, Art Institute

1896 Pont Boïeldieu, Rouen: Sunset, Birmingham, Museum and Art Gallery

1896 The Stone Bridge in Rouen, Grey Weather, Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada

1897 Boulevard Montmartre: Afternoon Sunshine, Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum

1898 Rue de l’Epicerie, Rouen, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1898 Place du Théatre Français, Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum

1899 The Tuileries Gardens: Rainy Weather, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum

1901 The Pont-Neuf: Afternoon Sun, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Camille Pissarro - Featured Paintings

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