Lot 314: CAMILLE PISSARRO La Charrue.
November 3, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Color lithograph on smooth, cream wove paper, 1901. 215x151 mm; 8 1/2x6 inches, full margins. Second state (of 3), before the artist's signature on the stone and publication in Les Temps Nouveaux. One of approximately only 14 impressions in this state printed in colors, there were also approximately 14 impressions in this state printed in a single color. Inscribed "ep. d'essai no. 9" in pencil, lower left. A superb impression with vibrant colors.
This is the only color lithograph that Pissarro produced; he found color lithography to be lacking as a medium for the representation of nature that he sought. This color lithograph was created as the frontispiece for the journal Les Temps Nouveaux, published by Jean Grave, Paris, to accompany the text of a lecture by Anarchist Prince Kropotkin. Delteil 194.