The Woods at L'Hermitage, Pontoise

Artist: Camille Pissarro (French, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas 1830–1903 Paris)

Date: 1879

Medium: Softground etching, aquatint, and drypoint on china paper; sixth state (per Shapiro)

Dimensions: sheet: 10 5/8 x 14 in. (27 x 35.6 cm)
plate: 8 11/16 x 10 9/16 in. (22 x 26.9 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1921

Accession Number: 21.46.1

Description

Of all the Impressionist painters, Camille Pissarro was the most consistently devoted to printmaking, thanks in no small part to the encouragement of Degas. It was Degas' project to found a journal (Le Jour et la Nuit) illustrated with artists' prints that prompted Pissarro to realize this technically complex work, which reproduces in a surprisingly effective manner both the tremulous surface and densely packed composition of a then-recent painting. Its vigorous texture of monochromatic tones and accents compensates for the absence of color.

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