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Original aquatint with etching printed in black ink on laid paper bearing the “Dambricourt Freres” watermark.
Signed with the artist’s estate monogram stamp (Lugt 613.e) just below the platemark lower left.
A robust, richly printed impression of Delteil’s third and final state of this extremely rare aquatint printed after the additions in aquatint to the foliage of the branch profile against the sky on the left, from the edition of only 18 printed sometime between 1922 and 1930, numbered in pencil just below the platemark lower right (apart from approximately only six impression in all three states printed during the artist’s lifetime).
Catalog: Delteil 17 iii/iii; Leymarie P17.
Sheet Size: 10 13/16 x 17 5/8 inches
Ralph E. Shikes & Paula Harper, Pissarro: his Life and Work, Horizon Press, New York, 1980, p. 174 (ill.);
Camille Pissarro 1830-1903, Arts Council of Great Britian, London & Fine Arts Museum, Boston, 1980, no. 162, p. 203 (ill.);
Camille Pissarro, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia, 2005, no. 37, pp. 126-27 (ill.).
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