BORN 10 Jul 1830, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas (now Virgin Islands) - DIED 13 Nov 1903, Paris|
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 07)
Camille Pissarro was born at St. Thomas, now one of the Virgin Islands. His father was a sephardic Jew from Portugal and his mother came from the Dominican Republic. When he was twelve he was sent to a school in Paris. He returned to St. Thomas until he went to Venezuela in 1852 together with the Danish painter Fritz Melbye. In 1855 he moved on tro Paris, where he studied under Corot, Courbet and Dobigny.
He married Julie Vellay (1838-1926), who was a maid to his mother. They had nine children. Two died young, but the other seven all painted. In 1870 he fled from Paris for the war and when he returned in 1871 his house was destroyed and much of his early work was lost. The family moved to London and found a home in Upper Norwood. There the art dealer Durand-Ruel bought two of his paintings and became an important dealer of impressionism.
He visited London again in 1890, 1892 and 1897. In 1893 his work was exhibited by Durand-Ruel in Paris, but the critics weren't enthousiastic. He didn't sell many paintings during his lifetime and he died in 1903 in Paris.
Son: Pissarro, Félix
Schilderkunst van A tot Z, REBO, Lisse, 1990
Camille Pissarro - Wikipedia