portant du Foin
engraving (before the additional etched detail of later states), 1900,
on medium-weight antique beige laid paper, a superb working proof
impression of the extremely rare 1st state (of seven?)*, with
undulations in the image due to printing, an insignificant filiform
printing flaw in the background between the two figures, several
minuscule white-aureoled spots (ink solvent residue?) and inky fingerprints in the wide margins, a deckle
edge below, traces of old tape hinges on the reverse, slight overall time-staining, otherwise in excellent condition
P. 119x81mm., S. 221x147mm.
Provenance: a private
This was Pissarro's last etching (he was 70 years old!), and his keen interest in capturing
the "impressionistic" moment of the everyday activities
in the Eragny countryside is moving testimony to the artist's
The present impression
was manifestly hand-printed by Pissarro himself to moniter progress
of the print; such working proofs are exceedingly rare, and Delteil
cites only one or two impressions of this state.
* Delteil notes 7 states
and Leymarie 8, without justifying the difference.