Camille Pissarro, Woman at the Gate, etching

Femme à la Barrière

Delteil 84, Leymarie 83

etching with drypoint and aquatint, 1889, on fine grey-beige laid paper with the "S Lane" watermark, a very fine and fresh impression of the definitive state (of ten?*), from the very small posthumous edition**, with the "C.P." wetstamp (L. 613e), numbered ("1/12") in pencil, with full margins, deckle edges right and below, traces of old hinges on the reverse, otherwise in excellent condition


P. 160x112mm., S. 200x164mm.

Provenance: the Henri M. Petiet collection, with the HMP wetstamp on the reverse (not cited in Lugt)

Pissarro's steadfast interest in the women of the countryside, engaged in everyday chores, is apparent in this charming print, which was inspired by his 1886 picture of a shepherdess, Bergère rentrant ses Moutons (L. R. 692).

The present impression is quite impeccably printed, and the artist's painstaking rework of the plate over 10 states is evident in the rich interplay of fine tonal values and textures.

* Delteil notes 10 states and Leymarie 11, without justifiying the difference.

**Delteil cites only four or five lifetime impressions of this state, annotated by the artist, and subsequently the 12 stamped and numbered impressions of the posthumous edition, making this print quite rare.