Quais de Paris, à Rouen

Camille Pissarro

Quais de Paris, à Rouen


etching, soft ground etching and wire brush

180 x 175 mm; sheet 286 x 205 mm.

the only existing impression of this state

Stanza del Borgo S.R.L.


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Etching, soft ground etching and wire brush.
Delteil 123, I/VIII
180 x 175 mm; sheet 286 x 205 mm.
Provenance: Henri M. Petiet (1894-1980), mark of his sale on the verso.

Superb impression, the only one existing of the first state of eight, before the numerous interventions on the hills and before the presence of water under the arches of the bridge. Printed with tone on laid paper with the watermark Coat of arms of Amsterdam. In fine condition, with uncut margins. Inscribed in pencil by the artist at bottom left Ier Etat n. 1. Signed and titled in pencil at bottom right C. Pissarro, Quais de Paris à Rouen. This is the only one impression, described by Delteil; the original plate was destroyed. Edition: for this print just an impression exists for each state, except for the fifth and the eighth, printed in three or four copies.

An extremely rare print, of great interest.
Camille Pissarro also made a lithograph of the same subject (Delteil 170) entitled by the artist Pont Corneille à Rouen. As Barbara Shapiro noted in the catalogue of the exhibition devoted to Pissarro in Boston, 1973: ‘Pissarro was essentially a landscape artist, and the majority of his prints were landscapes in which peasant figures were frequently placed ...These images never showed peasants exhausted by their labors or the solemnity of their role, for Pissarro was primarily interested in conveying the pleasantness of the countryside and simple, rural life’. (See the introduction).

Loys Delteil, Jean Cailac, Alan Hyman, Camille Pissarro: L'oeuvre Gravé et Lithographie The Etchings and Lithographs : Catalogue Raisonné, San Francisco 1999. Barbara Stern Shapiro, Camille Pissarro, The impressionist printmaker, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1973. Nicole Minder, Degas & Pissarro, alchimie d’une reincontre, exhibition catalogue at the Cabinet Cantonal des estampes, Musèe Jenisch, Vevey (Suisse) 1998.