7th Grade Research (Camille Pissarro)

   Camille Pissarro was a French painter that was  born on July 10, 1830, in St. Thomas and he died in Paris on November 13, 1903. His paintings are usually of landscapes and townscapes. He was also an important member and a teacher to other painters. His father was a Jewish merchant. Since he was very young he showed a strong talent for art. When he was only 12 years old his parents sent him to a school near Paris, France. When he was 17 he was expected by his father to enter the family business, but he was just interested in art. In November 1852 Pissarro left everything and sailed to Caracas, Venezuela. His parents eventually realized that he had a very strong determination to be a painter.     When Pissarro was in Paris he painted scenes of the West Indies from memory. He attended private classes at Ecole des Beaux-Arts and he was registered as a copyist at the Louvre. He was really interested in the paintings of Camille Corot who later taught him and showed him how to paint from nature. When he was spending time in the rural areas he started to paint pictures of landscapes. At the Ecole des Beaux-Arts academy he participated in debates with other artists. In 1870 Pissarro left for London and while he was living in south London he painted The Crystal Palace.     In the early 1880’s the French economy collapsed so it was very difficult for him to sell his work, so in 1884 he moved from Pontoise to Eragny, on the Epte River. There he met artists Georges Seurat and Paul Signac and showed them a new way to paint. Pissarro took a different direction in his art. In Paris he painted serial views of the Rouen Cathedral and the seaport town of Le Havre. Pissarro had a strong legacy and inspired many artists.

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