Provenance: a private Parisian
This exceedingly rare print is the result of experimental trials in new printmaking media undertaken in collaboration with Lucien Pissarro, who had been working on a series of wood engravings (after drawings by his father, Camille). These were first published in a small portfolio, Travaux des Champs, in London, by the Vale Press, in 1894. According to Jean Cailac, the zinc plate was bitten with acid, protected by varnish, and given a resinous grain, much like an etching technique, except that it is the relief surface of the zinc that is inked and printed.
The print is tentatively dated by Jean Cailac to 1900, but he adds that these printmaking experiments may be dated to the summer that Lucien spent in Eragny between July and August 1895.
We only know of one equivalent lifetime impression, signed by the artist, with added watercolor rework (which was originally described by Jean Cailac, right), seen on auction in Paris, in 2016:
as well as two other later impressions (both apparently printed by Lucien Pissarro), and which are much less refined:
- https://estampesmartinez.com/collections/pissarro-camille/products/paysanne-portant-une-corbeille-c-1900 and
* Undescribed by Delteil, it was added to the revised edition following Jean Cailac's entries in the Pissarro Atelier sales; see Loys Delteil, Jean Cailac. Camille Pissarro: L'Oeuvre Gravé et Lithographié, Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1999
** Jean Cailac gives the dimensions as 115x125mm (width by height, as in Delteil), though we have measured the dimensions of the visible imprint as above (height by width)...
*** And later on offer, again, in 2017: