Camille Pissarro was one of the fathers of Impressionism, alongside Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley. Today his name is not widely known. But he was hugely influential, not just in France but around the world. If you've ever seen an impressionistic painting, it's likely because of him. If you want to understand Impressionism, it helps to look at his style when he was young, in the 1850s. The paintings then were less famous than they are now, but he sold almost all he showed. This was unusual for avant-garde painters; even the most famous Impressionists usually did not sell much work during their lifetimes. But Pissarro did well selling landscapes to art dealers. The success of his landscapes did not go over well with all of his fellow artists, however. Some thought his landscapes went too far in following impressionistic principles. And others felt that even if the painting style was impressionist, the subject matter was not. His landscapes were too realistic, they felt; too much like ordinary views rather than flights of fancy or dreams of exotic lands.
Oil painting reproduction of Camille Pissarro