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(St Thomas, Danish Antilles 1830 – 1903 Paris)

Paysage en Long

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Paysage en Long
Ref: Delteil 17 ii/ii
114 x 394 mm
Aquatint with etching, 1879.
Stamped with the artist’s initials.
From the only edition, of 18 impressions, printed for the artist’s son Rodo, in 1923 (preceded by only 4 or 5 lifetime proofs).


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Additional Information about the Print

Pissarro was a keen printmaker, though mainly for his own pleasure, most of his plates not being formally published till after his death.

Pissarro and his family returned to live in Pontoise, about twenty miles north-west of Paris, in 1872 and remained there till 1884.

The surrounding landscape provided subjects for many paintings and some of his finest etchings.

The period largely coincided with the eight ‘Impressionist’ Exhibitions held in Paris 1874-1886, in each of which Pissarro participated.

Exceptional among Pissarro’s etchings for its large, panoramic format and equally original in its composition and spatial organisation.

Aquatint, another of the intaglio processes, is a method of tonal etching.

Where tone is required resin grains are fused onto the plate and the acid bites around them creating a vermicelli-like pattern, which the eye reads as an area of continuous tone.

For more information, and further examples of aquatints, etchings and other Intaglio forms of printmaking, please explore the Aquatint page in the Techniques section of this website.