Camille Pissarro (French, 18301903)
Softground etching, drypoint, and aquatint on china paper, sixth state; 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)
Rogers Fund, 1921 (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.