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Lot 251: CAMILLE PISSARRO Une rue au patis, Pontoise.
November 3, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Une rue au patis, Pontoise.
Lithograph printed in black on cream wove China paper, 1874. 265x220 mm; 10 1/2x8 3/4 inches, full margins. One of only several known proof impressions of this subject. A superb, richly-inked impression of this exceedingly scarce lithograph.
Pissarro made his first lithographs in 1874, after settling in Pontoise, and a full decade after he had created his first etchings. The ten lithographs he made in 1874 portray some of his family members as well as the farmers and landscapes around Pontoise. The portraits are informal, direct and simply rendered; the landscapes and images of country folk, especially in this lithograph of a man and woman passing on a lane, are drawn more loosely and with a strong emphasis on the play of light and shadow, approaching Pissarro's nascent Impressionist paintings from the early 1870s. He abandoned lithography soon after to focus on painting and etching, only returning to the medium around 1894 and producing a flurry of some fifty lithographs over the last decade of his career. Delteil 130.