To the Point. Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro | ArtWe

Camille Pissarro | ArtWe

How did Camille Pissarro make a difference in the art world? What curiosities can we learn about this painter and his work? As a young Jewish and French boy in the 1830’s, Camille lived in a Danish colony of St. Thomas, the West Indies, or United States Virgin Islands as of 1917.

At the age of 12, Camille packed his bags, boarded a ship from St. Thomas and sailed to the country of France where he began his studies at Savary Academy, a boarding school. This bold move gave Camille an early “appreciation of the French art masters” as he learned to read and write. It is known that he enjoyed sketching, a lot. Once he was old enough, Pissarro acquired a job that did not involve painting or drawing. According to an online source, he “never stopped drawing and painting in his spare time.”

In the early 1850’s, he travel to Venezuela with the purpose of being an assistant to well-known painters in the region. With his new found knowledge he returned to France where he discovered his love for landscapes. This new interest would lead him to be a part of an art movement known as IMPRESSIONISM.

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.” – Camille Pissarro

What is Impressionism?

Impressionism is an art movement from the 1860’s to the 19th century, where painters used natural, free brushstrokes and painted the look of sunlight into their colors. Artists painted their impression of a subject rather than trying to make it appear realistic.

Pissarro continued to look for new ways to paint the world. He began to experiment with a technique known as POINTILLISM.

What is Pointillism?

Pointillism is a style of painting where artist use small, closely placed dabs of color.

Can you see how he enjoyed painting landscapes using this style? His artwork features hundreds of closely placed dots. These dots of color bring shape to the land, his most important subject.



  • Look at the quote above. What do you believe Camille Pissarro is trying to say with his words?
  • Which art piece is your favorite? Note the details within the art piece and explain why you chose it.

Listen to Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun). This beautiful symphony was written for orchestra and first performed in Paris on December 22, 1894.

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12 replies

  1. How does he do that amazing art work ❓

  2. I don’t know what piece of artwork I like best, but I would have to say the one on the top right hand too. 😎

  3. I love his work! He puts his life in paintings. It’s so artistic.

  4. I like the one in the top left hand coroner because it much more real.

  5. My favorite painting is the Meadow at Eragny. I like this painting because it has a lot of detail and I like the cool looking trees. 😎

  6. I think he is saying that some people can’t see wonderful things like us.

  7. This makes me want to paint! I love that he knew what he loved to do from an early age and he pursued it.

    • One of the characteristics we write about in school is being a RISK-TAKER. Pablo Picasso once said, “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

      This characteristic is admirable in Camille. I’m think of the emotions he might of felt leaving home at the age of twelve to study in a new country. Even as an adult, he continued to learn by becoming an assistant to well-known painters in Venezuela. Camille Pissaro shows humility and love of the arts.