Settling in France in 1855, Pissarro kept faith throughout his career with the official definition of a painter of landscapes "from life," interested in direct representation of the visual phenomena that unfold before his eyes. The initial influence of Corot and the Barbizon School gave away, around 1861, to a more up-to-date and stimulating interaction with Monet and Cézanne, with whom he took part in a historic exhibition at the Salon des Refusés in 1863.
Pissarro declared that he wanted to eliminate black and dark shadows from his landscapes. For this reason he left Paris for the countryside, moving first to Pontoise and then to Louvciennes. After 1870, when cracks began to show in the solidarityof the Impressionist group, Pissarro saw himself as the custodian of the movement's original spirit.