Over break, I went on a cruise with my sister and my mom to the Caribbean. One of the ports we stopped by was Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, the birthplace of the impressionist Camille Pissarro. We spoke to the caretaker of Pissarro’s childhood home who told us about the impact Pissarro had on the Impressionists. Pissarro’s parents wanted him to be a wealthy merchant like themselves and didn’t encourage him to paint inside the house, so whenever he painted, he painted outdoors. As a result, when Pissarro moved to France to study to become a merchant (by his parent’s wishes), he was able to encourage the Impressionists (including Monet and Cassatt) to paint outdoors. If Pissarro hadn’t played the crucial role he had, we might have never had Monet’s Water Lillies!
Inside the studio that was once Pissarro’s home:
A mural of St. Thomas outside Pissarro’s home:
For more information about Pissarro: https://www.theartstory.org/artist-pissarro-camille-artworks.htm