Camille Pissarro, ‘Women Bathing (Day)’, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original zinc plate lithograph printed in black ink on blue tinted Ingres d’ Arches laid paper, mounted on stiff white wove paper bearing the “Sainte Marie” watermark.

Hand signed in pencil on the mount just below the image lower right C. Pissarro.

A beautifully tonally printed lifetime impression of the only state of this extremely rare lithograph. From the edition of only 20, annotated “no 14” on the mount just below the image lower left (ther were an additional 2 or 3 trial proofs, for an overall edition of only 22 or 23, there are no posthumous impressions. Titled on the mount lower center “baigneuses (le jour).”

Catalog: Delteil 151

Sheet Size: 10 3/8 x 14 3/16 inches

About Camille Pissarro

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