Thursday, July 10, 2014

Happy birthday, painter Camille Pissarro

Two Women Chatting by the Sea, St. Thomas (1856); Inset: Camille Pissarro
It is the birthday of Danish-French Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro (1830), who is considered the dean of Impressionist and post-Impressionist painters. He served as a father figure to such talents as Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, and Georges Seurat. He was born on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas when it was a Danish possession. He was sent to boarding school in France and studied art. At first he painted in the traditional style, but then came under the influence of realist painter Gustave Courbet and landscape artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot.

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