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Original drypoint and aquatint printed in black ink on laid paper bearing a portion of the Van Gelder Zonen watermark (a fleur-de-lys in a crowned shield surmounting the letters “VGZ”).
Hand-signed in pencil below the lower right edge of the plate C. Pissarro.
A superb, richly printed lifetime impression of Delteil's seventh state of eight; one of only three impressions of this state, printed after the tone of the aquatint was reinforced, annotated and titled in pencil in the margin lower left “6 etat No 1 / Mère et Enfant.”
Catalog: Delteil 38 vii/viii
In excellent condition, printed on a sheet with wide margins.
Often regarded as the first Impressionist, Camille Pissarro is known both for his revelatory plein air landscape pictures, such as in The Path to Les Puilleaux, Pontoise (1881), and for mentoring artists including Paul Cézanne and Paul Gauguin. Pisarro himself was inspired by the rural scenes of Realists Jean Francois Millet and Gustave Courbet. He also received artistic guidance from Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, who instructed him in outdoor painting after Pissarro’s move to Paris in 1855. Pissarro, however, placed greater emphasis than Corot on spontaneity, saying “paint generously and unhesitatingly, for it is best not to lose the first impression.” From 1885-1889 Pisarro worked with Divisionist artists Paul Signac and Georges Seurat, but their meticulous method proved too rigid for Pissarro, who felt that it could not capture the movement and randomness of nature.
Danish-French, 1830-1903, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, based in Paris, France