‘We learned everything we do from Pissarro ... it’s he who was really the first Impressionist.’
Pissarro was the only artist to exhibit in all eight Impressionist exhibitions, acting as constant source of encouragement for the other artists. During the Franco-Prussian War he, like Monet, fled to London. Here they saw paintings by J. M. W. Turner and John Constable that influenced them greatly in the development of the Impressionist style. Pissarro returned to France in 1872 and painted primarily out-of-doors, perfecting the Impressionist technique of short strokes of broken colour, depicting countryside scenes of fields, haystacks, river valleys and peasants.