Another very important Pissarro exhibition will take place in Pontoise this spring featuring Pissarro’s print-making. The following information is taken from the Facebook page of Musée Pissarro. The translation from French is mine with the help of Google translations. If you’d like to read the original, see: https://www.facebook.com/Mus%C3%A9e-Camille-Pissarro-314021768084/
In the second half of the 19th century, Pissarro worked together with Degas to make original engravings. Through his research, freely associating watercolor, aquatint and dry point, they invented Impressionist printmaking. In addition to nearly 200 prints, Pissarro also made monotypes.
In the early 1860s, Pissarro made his first etchings with a classical system of lines and hatching. When Dr. Gachet installed a press in his house in Auvers-sur-Oise in 1873, Pissarro made engravings together with Guillaumin and Cezanne. Beginning in 1879, he began a fruitful collaboration with Degas, who introduced him to colored inks. Pissarro began experimenting with engravings in multiple states that allowed him to retain variants of the same composition. The possibility of comparing different versions of a motif was a precious discovery that influenced his paintings of urban and port views in his later years. He called his engravings, “engraved impressions.”
This is the most important exhibition in France of Pissarro’s print-making in many decades. It includes works from the collections of the Musée Pissarro, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France and private collections along with monotypes from the Musee Malraux du Havre and the Musee d’Aix-les-Baines.
Musée Tavet-Delacour, 4 rue Lemercier 95300 Pontoise
Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 18:00
Pontoise is situated on high cliffs overlooking the Oise River. I took this photograph, one of my favorites, from the top of the hill where the Musée Pissarro is now located. It was in Pontoise that Pissarro painted some of his most beautiful Impressionist works. Many of the sites of his paintings are much the same as when he painted them. Visit the new Tourist Office on the banks of the Oise for more information. Pontoise is just a 40-minute train ride from Gare Saint-Lazare in Paris.