Ludovic-Rodolphe Pissarro (known as Rodo), the fourth son of Camille, born in Paris and under his father's tuteledge started drawing from a young age. He worked in various media including tempera, wood engraving (published his first engravings in the anarchist journal, Le Pere Peinard at the age of 16) and lithography; exhibiting regularly at the Salon des Indépendents over a forty year period. In 1898 Rodo joined he brother Georges in Montmartre where he found the night-life of Paris, and the habitués of the cafes, theatres, circuses and cabarets of the area, ready subjects for his work. For about ten years Rodo lived and worked in London before finally dividing his time between Paris and Les Andelys in Normandy.
With his younger brother Paulémile he met artists such as Kees Van Dongen, Maurice de Vlaminck and Raoul Dufy, and in 1905 he participated in the first Fauve exhibition at the Salon des Indépendents.