Art: PISSARRO: Impressionable Impressionist

IN the 1880's when rotund Camille Pissarro walked into Paris' Cafe de la Nouvelle Athenes with his great prophet's beard streaming and his portfolio tucked under his arms, fellow artists would greet him with a shout, "Hail to Moses!" In fact, good-natured, soft-spoken Painter Pissarro's place in art was far more that of teacher, peacemaker and counselor than lawgiver. He was ten years older than most of the impressionist greats, and this induced in him a fatherly urge to take time off from his own painting to patch up quarrels, round up shows, hold together the impressionists as a group. Because...

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