The driving force behind the Impressionist movement, Pissarro plays an important role in the history of visual art. Through long bouts of financial hardship and criticism he kept his sights set on the ideals of Impressionism. He was the only artist to display his work in all eight of the Impressionist group exhibitions. Frustrated with the regulations of the state-run art show, the Salon, he sought after different exhibition forums.
With a curiosity about various methods he experimented with an assortment of painting techniques including pointillism but always returned to his more Impressionistic styles. He provided invaluable friendship, support, and encouragement to many young artists including Cezanne and Gauguin. Read more about the important role that Pissarro played as mentor.