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Lot 267: CAMILLE PISSARRO Marché de Pontoise.
03 November 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Marché de Pontoise.
Drypoint printed in dark, brownish black on imitation Japan paper, 1888. 99x62 mm; 4x2 1/2 inches, full margins. Second state (of 3). One of only 2 known impressions in this state, from a total of approximately only 9 lifetime impressions in all three states combined. Titled and inscribed "2e état no. 1" in pencil, lower margin. A superb, early impression of this extremely scarce print, with crisp plate edges.
We have found only 3 other lifetime impressions at auction in the past 30 years. Another impression, in the first state, is in the Musée du Luxembourg.
This small, intimate drypoint, relates to a larger oil by Pissarro, Le Marché à la volaille, Pontoise, 1882, now in the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena. In the painting, as in the drypoint, the foreground is dominated by two country women with their backs turned to the viewer, facing a busy market scene in the background. Delteil 75.