Camile Pissarro, born on July 10, 1830, is the oldest and most dignified member of the movement, often called ‘The Father of Impressionism’.
Pissarro’s passion for art developed during his school years, nurturing a love for the French masters. Despite involvement in the family business, he continued to paint in his spare time and joined forces with young renegade artists as a mentor and collaborator, marking the birth of Impressionism.
The Franco-Prussian War forced Pissarro to flee to London, where many of his paintings were damaged or destroyed. Undeterred, he helped establish a collective of aspiring painters and guided them with his wisdom.
Later, Pissarro’s disillusionment with Impressionism led him to explore new themes and techniques. Suffering from eye infections, he painted from windows and rented hotel rooms for suitable views. Pissarro passed away in 1903, having faced poverty during his lifetime. Yet, by the turn of the century, his paintings were worth millions.