Camille Pissarro (1830 -1903) was a Danish-French impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter. Pissarro studied from great forerunners Gustave Courbet, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. In 1873 he helped established a collective society of fifteen aspiring artists, becoming the “pivotal” figure of the impressionists. Cezanne called him “He was a father for me. A man to consult and a little like the good Lord.” He was also one of Gauguin’s masters. Renoir referred to his works as revolutionary.
Pissarro is the only artist to have shown his works at all eight Paris Impressionist exhibitions from 1874 to 1886. He was a fatherly figure not only to the impressionists but to all four of the major Post-Impressionists, including Georges Seurat, Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. During his life time, Camille Pissarro sold few of his paintings. Now his paintings are sold for tens of millions.