Jacob Camille Pissarro was born on July 10, 1830 in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. Pissarro lived with his parents on the isle St. Thomas until age 12, when he was sent to France to attend to a boarding school. After six years in France, Camille Pissarro returned to his parents and worked in his father's store. He spent most of his free time drawing and painting.
In 1852, at age 22, Pissarro decided to leave for Caracas with Danish painter Fritz Melbye, who would became his first serious artistic influence.
In 1855 Camille Pissarro decided to move to Paris, which at that time was the centre of the artistic world. In Paris Pissarro had the chance to discover the works of such artists as Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, and Charles-François Daubigny.
Though Pissarro was officially accepted by the Salon and he exhibited with them in the 1860's, he also exhibited at the Salon des Refusés.
In 1870 Camille Pissarro moved to Louveciennes, a suburb of Paris, where he worked together with other great impressionists such as Pierre Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet. in 1870 Pissarro moved for a brief period to London because of the Franco-Prussian War.
Back in France, he settled in Pontoise, where he was the teacher of young artists, such as Paul Gauguin and Paul Cézanne. In 1885 Pissarro suffered from an artistic crisis.
In the last years of his life, Pissarro experienced eye trouble, which led him to abandon outdoor painting. He continued to work in his studio until his death in Paris on November 13, 1903. Pissarro was buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.