"Marche aux oeufs" 1902, drypoint, 10 5/8" x 8 3/4"; 268x221mm, full margins. Outside the edition of 12. An un-stamped/un-numbered impression pulled before the plate was drilled at the four corners; a possible proof. The copper plate, perforated at the four corners, was presented in 1930 to the Bibliotheque Nationale. Partial coat-of-arms with a fleur-de-lis watermark. A very good impression [Delteil 127].
Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) was born in St. Thomas in the Danish West Indies. In 1855, he entered the Ecole des Beau-Arts and studied under Corot. He later met Monet at the Academie Suisse and became a member of the Impressionist group, becoming a close friend of Cezanne, Gauguin, Signac and Seurat. After the Franco-Prussian War, he went to England with Monet and there discovered the art of Constable. On returning to France, Pissarro played a key role in the development of Impressionism. He was the only artist to show in all eight of the Impressionist exhibitions.
Pissarro learned to etch with Degas and Mary Cassatt. He was the most prolific peintre-graveur among the Impressionists, producing approximately 200 etchings and lithographs between 1863-1902. "Marche aux oeufs" was produced in 1902, a year before his death at the age of 73. The etchings and drypoints he produced were usually in very small editions. Pissarro combined exacting craft, sometimes working his plates many times over, with the utmost freshness of vision, epitomizing the Impressionist aesthetic. His prints have elements of both the earlier School of Barbizon, with its naturalistic studies of peasants and the countryside and with the Impressionists, in using tonal and non-representional effects to portray moods. His artistic style most resembled Monet's, but it is more poetic with forms muted, more diffusely delineated and his textures are heavier.
"Marche aux oeufs" is in a stacked 21 5/8" x 23 5/8" dark walnut burl beeswax frame. The wood fillet is in black with a brownish washing giving it the character embodied in the drypoint. The khaki linen outer and coir inner mats are acid and lignin free and protected with Acrylite-AR OP3 (UV) by CYRO .. SOLD