Camille Pissaro was born on July 10, 1830 in the Danish West Indies (now the U.S. Virgin Islands). He was the son of a French father and a Creole mother, and grew up in St. Thomas, where he was exposed to the vibrant Caribbean culture and landscapes that would later inspire his art.
In 1855, Pissaro moved to Paris to study art at the École des Beaux-Arts. There, he met and became friends with other young artists, including Paul Cézanne and Claude Monet. Pissaro's early paintings were primarily landscape and still life, but he quickly became known for his skill in depicting the bustling city streets of Paris, particularly in his series of paintings of the Boulevard Montmartre.
Pissaro's work was a key contributor to the development of the impressionist movement, and he exhibited with the other impressionists at the first impressionist exhibition in 1874. He continued to paint and exhibit throughout his life, and his work was recognized and celebrated by the art community.
Pissaro died on November 13, 1903 in Paris, leaving behind a rich legacy of art that continues to be admired and celebrated today.