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Camille Pissarro 10 July 1830 – 13 November 1903) was a Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter born on the island of St Thomas (now in the US Virgin Islands, but then in the Danish West Indies).
His importance resides in his contributions to both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Pissarro studied from great forerunners, including Gustave Courbet and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot.
He later studied and worked alongside Georges Seurat and Paul Signac when he took on the Neo-Impressionist style at the age of 54.
In 1873 he helped establish a collective society of fifteen aspiring artists, becoming the “pivotal” figure in holding the group together and encouraging the other members.
Art historian John Rewald called Pissarro the “dean of the Impressionist painters”, Paul Cézanne said “he was a father for me.”, and Renoir referred to his work as “revolutionary”.
Pissarro is the only artist to have shown his work at all eight Paris Impressionist exhibitions, from 1874 to 1886. He was not only of major importance to impressionists but to all four of the major Post-Impressionists, Cézanne, Seurat, Gauguin, and van Gogh.