Yesterday, July 10th was Camille Pissarro’s birthday.  Art historian John Rewald called Pissarro the “dean of the Impressionist painters”, not only because he was the oldest of the group, but also “by virtue of his wisdom and his balanced, kind, and warmhearted personality”. 

Cézanne said “he was a father for me. A man to consult and a little like the good Lord,” and he was also one of Gauguin’s masters. 

Renoir referred to his work as “revolutionary”, through his artistic portrayals of the “common man”, as Pissarro insisted on painting individuals in natural settings without “artifice or grandeur”.

Artwork: “Osny, Paysage près de l'Abreuvoir”, 1883 (Détail)

“Resting Harvesters”, Montfoucault , 1875


Camille Pissarro: 

1- Poultry Market at Gisors, 1885, Tempera and pastel on paper mounted on wood,  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2- Route de Versailles Rocquencourt, 1871, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

3- Peasant Houses, Éragny, 1887, Oil on canvas, Art Gallery of New South Wales

4- The Banks of the Viosne at Osny in Grey Weather, 1883, Oil on canvas, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

5- The Goose Girl at Montfoucault (White Frost), 1875, Oil on canvas, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston