Julie Vellay, the peasant daughter of a vineyard grower, was employed as a maid in the household of the mother of Camille Pissarro (1830-1903). Vellay became his mistress in 1860 and they were married in London in 1871 while she was pregnant with their third child. After returning to France later that year they lived outside of Paris in Pontoise and later in Louveciennes, both places inspiring many of his paintings including scenes of village life, along with rivers, woods, and people at work. Julie Pissarro died, aged 87, on 16 May 1926 in Éragny, Oise, France.
Camille Pissarro, Portrait of Julie Velay, Wife of the Artist, c.1874. Musée Du Petit Palais, Paris, France. http://www.camille-pissarro.org/Portrait-of-Julie-Velay,-Wife-of-the-Artist,-c.1874.html.
NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART
BIRTH DATA: Julie Vellay, 2 October 1838, 11:00 (11 a.m.) LMT (-0:18:20), Grancey-sur-Ource, France (48n00, 4e35). ASC: 2 Sagittarius. RR: AA (from birth record). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield (©) quotes birth certificate no. 35 in the Côte-d'Or archives.
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