Lot 262: CAMILLE PISSARRO Paysage à Osny près de Pontoise.
November 3, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Paysage à Osny près de Pontoise.
Drypoint printed in black on cream laid paper, 1887. 116x155 mm; 4 1/2x6 1/8 inches, full margins. Second state (of 2). One of approximately only 10 artist's proof impressions in this state, there were approximately only 12 artist's proof impressions in both states combined, aside from the edition of 100 published by André Marty for L'Estampe Originale, Paris. Signed, titled and inscribed "belle épreuve" and "no. 4" in pencil, lower margin. A superb, richly-inked impression of this very scarce print.
Osny is in the countryside, bordering the town of Pontoise, where Pissarro and his family lived during the 1870s/early 1880s, northwest of Paris. Much of Pissarro's subjects for paintings and drawings of the landscape and peasants at work during this decade-plus period come from the Pontoise/Osny area. Soon after he moved to Pontoise, returning from self-exile in England during the Franco-Prussian war in 1870, he was joined by Cézanne ( who was 9 years Pissarro's junior) as a frequent painting and sketching companion in the Pontoise landscape. Cézanne later noted that, "He was a father for me. A man to consult and a little like the good Lord." Delteil 70.