Camille Pissarro The Marne at Chennevières 1864/65


Born 1830
Died 1903
Nationality French
Birth place Saint Thomas
Death place Paris

Pissarro was slightly older than his fellow Impressionists. His dedication to painting and printmaking and his valuable encouragement and advice inspired young artists, including Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh. Pissarro, born in Saint Thomas in the Virgin Islands, attended school in Paris, and settled there in 1855. His early landscapes reflected Corot and Courbet's influence. His association with Impressionism developed from a wish to paint modern life subjects as he saw them, capturing the changing effects of light. In the mid 1880s he experimented with the pointillism pioneered by Seurat and Signac. Pissarro alone contributed to all eight Impressionist exhibitions from 1874 until 1886.

Glossary terms

Glossary terms


An influential style of painting that originated in France in the 1870s with artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir and Alfred Sisley. They were interested in capturing the changing effects of light, frequently exploring this through landscape scenes painted in the open air.


An offshoot of Impressionism in which light effects were subject to a greater methodical analysis and paintings were composed with greater formality. Artists associated with this movement include Georges Seurat, Paul Signac and Camille Pissarro