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Camille Pissarro

Danish-French, 1830–1903

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Camille Pissarro

Danish-French, 1830–1903

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Often regarded as the first Impressionist, Camille Pissarro is known both for his revelatory plein air landscape pictures, such as in The Path to Les Puilleaux, Pontoise (1881), and for mentoring artists including Paul Cézanne and Paul Gauguin. Pisarro himself was inspired by the rural scenes of Realists Jean Francois Millet and Gustave Courbet. He also received artistic guidance from Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, who instructed him in outdoor painting after Pissarro’s move to Paris in 1855. Pissarro, however, placed greater emphasis than Corot on spontaneity, saying “paint generously and unhesitatingly, for it is best not to lose the first impression.” From 1885-1889 Pisarro worked with Divisionist artists Paul Signac and Georges Seurat, but their meticulous method proved too rigid for Pissarro, who felt that it could not capture the movement and randomness of nature.

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High auction record
£20m, Sotheby's, 2014
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Solo show at a major institution
Tate Britain, and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 4 more
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition
Biography

Often regarded as the first Impressionist, Camille Pissarro is known both for his revelatory plein air landscape pictures, such as in The Path to Les Puilleaux, Pontoise (1881), and for mentoring artists including Paul Cézanne and Paul Gauguin. Pisarro himself was inspired by the rural scenes of Realists Jean Francois Millet and Gustave Courbet. He also received artistic guidance from Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, who instructed him in outdoor painting after Pissarro’s move to Paris in 1855. Pissarro, however, placed greater emphasis than Corot on spontaneity, saying “paint generously and unhesitatingly, for it is best not to lose the first impression.” From 1885-1889 Pisarro worked with Divisionist artists Paul Signac and Georges Seurat, but their meticulous method proved too rigid for Pissarro, who felt that it could not capture the movement and randomness of nature.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Auction
High auction record
£20m, Sotheby's, 2014
User
Solo show at a major institution
Tate Britain, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 4 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition
Shows Featuring Camille Pissarro
Articles Featuring Camille Pissarro
Harsh Realities Lurk behind Picturesque Impressionist Masterpieces
Mar 7th, 2019
Harsh Realities Lurk behind Picturesque Impressionist Masterpieces
Impressionism
Dec 13th, 2017
Impressionism
The Beauty of the Basics, and Radical Innovations, at Christopher-Clark Fine Art
May 3rd, 2014
The Beauty of the Basics, and Radical Innovations, at Christopher-Clark Fine Art
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