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


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.