View Towards Pontoise Prison in Spring 74 x 60 cm oil on canvas 1881
Spring, Gray Weather, Eragny 152.4 x 185.42 cm oil on canvas 1895
Boulevard Montmartre- Spring 65.5 x 81 cm oil on canvas 1897
Camille PIssarro (1830- 1903) developed his love of painting outdoors by accompaning Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot on his plein air outings, but unlike Corot did not rework his canvases later in the studio. His subjects of people working on farms, "rutted and edged hodgepodge of bushes, mounds of earth, and trees in various stages of development" were considered vulgar in the extreme, and even caused a rift between he and Corot.
PIssarro's revolutionary paintings, combined with his extraordinary teaching ability and his benevolent personality, made him a favorite father figure in the Impressionist circle. He took a special interest in the young Cezanne, who would consider Pissarro to be his most important influence.
Later in life PIssarro developed an eye condition that kept him indoors in cooler weather, leading to his spectacular Paris street scenes as viewed from hotel windows.
Work at the same time upon sky, water, branches, ground, keeping everything going on and equal basis and unceasingly rework until you have got it. Paint generously and unhesitatingly, for it is best not to lose the first impression.- Camille Pissarro