camille pissarro reproduction paintings

Camille Pissarro reproductions

Camille Pissarro, an influential French painter of the 19th century, was one of the key proponents of French Impressionism, who paved the way for the development of post-Impressionism through his fine art painting. During his time, he was at the helm of Impressionist painting, a field pioneer. Pissarro was perhaps the only artist to move from Impressionism to Post-Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism with equal success. He was an accomplished artist, venerated by letters like Emile Zola as a "real painter."

Pissarro, a native of the West Indies, was sent to boarding school in France, where he was educated, and then returned home. At 22, however, he left to follow the Danish painter and his teacher and mentor who had inspired him to pursue painting as a full-time career, Fritz Melbye, to South America. Three years later he moved to Paris; with a rich Jewish parentage supporting him, he chose France as his permanent residence and enrolled at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts, followed by the Academie Suisse, and studied under eminent painters, Courbet and Corot. Pissarro was much influenced by the French painter Barbizon, Corot, from whom he developed the flair of naturalism, although during that time he mainly painted somber landscapes.

Originally, Pissarro began with conventional paintings, but soon turned his attention to the outdoor, natural settings that remained his primary theme in most of his works. His goal was to depict nature in its purest form. His impression of the rustic countryside of France was reflected in his paintings. Some believed he could also paint the scent of nature. The artist's brush never promoted exaggeration or distortion of the real.

Around the end of the 1860s, Pissarro traveled to Louveciennes and collaborated closely with Pierre Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley. He developed a palette of light colors and painted with quick brushstrokes of vivid color in a typical Impressionist style. As the Franco-Prussian war advanced, the group of Impressionist painters dissolved, and Pissarro fled to London, where he met an art dealer from Paris, Paul Durand-Ruel, who became an ardent supporter of his art. Pissarro presented his final exhibition at the Paris Salon in 1870.

While most of his paintings of the Impressionist genre were ruined by the Franco-Prussian war, Pissarro's indomitable spirit gave him the zeal to create a society of Impressionists. He had the talent to combine the dull with the vivid, traditional post-Impressionist style. With time, he changed himself and adapted and adopted the modern technique. After returning to France, he settled in Pontoise, where he was frequently visited by aspiring artists such as Paul Cezanne and Vincent Van Gogh, seeking guidance and inspiration. In 1874, he exhibited at the first Impressionist exhibition, and then with Edgar Degas, at all eight exhibitions held until 1886, during which the group had split up.

In the 1880s, Impressionism was replaced by Neo-Impressionism. The relationship of Pissarro with Seurat and Signac was remarkable. The march from Impressionism to Neo-Impressionism has made his work exceptional. While Pissarro had abandoned this modern style, he was more careful in experimenting with techniques, colors and forms. Indeed, Pissarro was the leader of Impressionism and the father of Post-Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism.

Order Camille Pissarro reproductions at Vision

Vision - Famous Art Reproductions