Bio: A key member of the French group of
impressionist painters and probably the most innovative of
them all. He formed friendships with Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, Sisley and
Renoir and was mentor to
Cezanne and Gauguin. By the late 1860s, his powerful landscapes were praised by the prominent critic Emile Zola.
Pissarro was the only artist of the Impressionist Group to exhibit in all eight Impressionist exhibitions. He had success only in the later years of his life and was often hard-pressed to provide for his family.
During the Franco-Prussian war Pissarro resided in England; this proved to be a productive time for him. The largest collection of his drawings can be found at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
Pissarro continued to paint up until his death at the age of 73 years.