Born in 1830 in Saint Thomas in the Danish West Indies, to French parents, Pissarro was a French Impressionist painter, etcher and lithographer of landscapes and figures. Before moving to Paris in 1855 to study art, he accompanied the Danish artist Fritz Melbye to Caracas, making drawings and watercolours. He left the Ecole des Beaux-Arts to work at the Academie Suisse where he met Monet, Cezanne and Guillaumin. Pissarro contributed to six Impressionist exhibitions between 1874- 86, and was the most constant supporter of the group.
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