Paysage sous bois, a l'Hermitage (Pontoise), 1879

French (1830 – 1903)

Paysage sous bois, a l’Hermitage (Pontoise)1879

Delteil 16 v/v; Shapiro 161 vi/vi. Softground etching and aquatint with touches of drypoint on thin laid japanese paper.
Edition of 50, intended but never issued in Le Jour et la Nuit.
Signed in pencil.
8 5/8 x 10 1/2 in.

This etching was executed for a project conceived by Degas, an Impressionist print journal to be titled Le Jour et la Nuit but never brought to fruition. It is an important experimental print that uses soft-ground, layers of aquatint brushed directly onto the plate, and scraping in a highly innovative and inventive way. In a fascinating series of successive proofs, the layers of aquatint duplicate dense brushstrokes to produce a kaleidoscope impression of landscape. This “painterly” print is perhaps the most renowned etching by the artist and quite rare.

Provenance: Montclair Art Museum, acquired 1945, deaccessioned

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