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Camille Pissarro
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Artist
    (July 10, 1830-November 13, 1903)
    Born in Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands (US)
    Birth name was Jacob-Abraham-Camille Pissarro
    French Impressionist, Neo-Impressionist and Post-Impressionist era painter
    Painted 'Two Women Chatting by the Sea (1856),' 'Jallais Hill (1867),' 'Old Chelsea Bridge (1871),' 'The Garden of Pontoise (1875),' 'Washerwoman (1880),' 'Conversation (c. 1881),' 'The Harvest (1882),' 'Children on a Farm (1887),' 'Haying at Eragny (1889),' 'Boulevard Montmartre (1897),' 'View of Rouen (1898)' and 'Morning, Winter Sunshine, Frost, the Pont-Neuf, the Seine, the Louvre, Soleil D'hiver Gella Blanc (c. 1901)'
    Died in Paris at age 73
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    During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, he tried to join the French Army, was turned down, and fled to London.
    When he returned to France after the war, he discovered that of his 1,500 paintings he had done over 20 years (which he left behind when he moved), only 40 remained.
    The rest were either stolen or destroyed - some of them used as floor mats to keep mud off of soldier's boots.
    At age 41, he fell in love and married his mother's maid.
    During the latter part of his career, a serious eye disorder prevented him from outdoor painting, so he secured upper balconies of hotels and painted the landscapes he saw from his rooms.
    He sold very few of his paintings in his lifetime.
    His heritage was unique - His father was of Portuguese Jewish descent (holding a French nationality), and his mother was native Creole.
    He was the only artist to exhibit his works in both Impressionist and Post-Impressionist forms.
    Art critic Émile Zola said, 'Camille Pissarro is one of the three or four true painters of this day . . . I have rarely encountered a technique that is so sure.'
    He befriended American Impressionist Mary Cassatt, who said Pissarro was 'such a teacher that he could have taught the stones to draw correctly.'
    Other artistic friends included Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet and Edgar Degas .
    Called a 'father figure to the Impressionists' (perhaps due to prematurely turning gray), two of his famed pupils and loving admirers were Paul Cezanne and Paul Gauguin.
    Theo Van Gogh asked him to take in his brother Vincent, and though this did not come into fruition, it was noted he had 'foreseen the power of this artist.'
    By the mid-2000s, his works were being auctioned for prices between $2-$4 million.
    Keeping it in the family, his son Lucien, granddaughter Orovida and great-granddaughter Lelia all became painters.

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