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Original aquatint with etching printed in black ink on laid paper bearing a Crowned Shield with letters “HP” surmounting script “Heallines” watermark.
Signed with the artist’s estate monogram stamp (Lugt 613.b) just below the platemark lower left.
A robust, richly printed impression of Delteil’s third and final state of this extremely rare aquatint, Printed after the additions in aquatint to the foliage of the branch profile against the sky on the left, from the edition of 18 printed sometime between 1922 and 1930, numbered “17/18” in pencil just below the platemark lower right (apart from approximately only six impression in all three states printed during the artist’s lifetime).
Catalog: Delteil 17 iii/iii; Leymarie P17.
Platemark: 4 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches
Sheet size: 10 3/4 x 17 13/16 inches
In excellent condition, printed on a sheet with full margins.
This horizontal panorama displays a spaciousness that is unique in Pissarro’s printed work and unknown in that of other Impressionist printmakers. The format is related to the series of four horizontal panels commissioned by Achille Arosa and painted by Pissarro in 1872-73. They may have been originally inspired by the landscape designs of the Japanese woodblock artist Hiroshige. Admiring Rembrandt as he did, Pissarro must also have been aware of the Dutch landscape etchings in wide format, so obviously appropriate for this genre.