Camille Pissarro MARCHÉ À PONTOISE


Camille Pissarro
c. 1895

An original Camille Pissarro lithograph print.

(The Market at Pontoise)

c. 1895

Original lithograph printed in black ink on wove paper. 

Titled by hand in pencil in the margin lower right.

A superb impression of Delteil’s third and final state of this rare lithograph, from the edition of only 20 impressions in this state, annotated “3e etat no 1” in pencil in the margin lower left (there were only 45 impressions in all three states printed during the artist’s lifetime) .

Catalog: Delteil 147 iii/iii; Leymarie/Melot P. 157.

12 x 9 inches

Sheet Size: 15 x 10 5/8 inches

On April 8, 1895 Camille Pissarro wrote “I have a large lithograph on stone in process, a Market.  I am working on it here in Paris.  I messed it up with wash, scratched it, rubbed it with sandpaper; I do not know what will come of it, but it was foolish of me to make a Market, I should have done some Bathers.” (Letters, p. 375)
Despite Pissarro’s misgivings, this lithograph is one of his most forceful market images.  To be sure, he made many representations of market places in all media, but in this example he has captured the essence of a favorite subject.  Pissarro isolated a fragment of activity, yet, perversely, he forces the viewer to look around the back of he solid central figure.  The strong peasant woman towers above a mass of clustered baskets and acts as a vertical pivot and source, from which the noise and activity emanate.  The several figures who dominate the foreground plane are set against a sea of anonymous faces.  Only a few touches, such as the crosshatching on the kerchief of a woman in the middle distance, distinguish the various figures.