La Becheuse - Woman Digging - Woodcut
La Becheuse - Woman Digging - Woodcut
La Becheuse - Woman Digging - Woodcut
La Becheuse - Woman Digging - Woodcut

CAMILLE PISSARRO (1830-1903)

La Becheuse - Woman Digging - Woodcut

c. 1895 France

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Woodcut in black ink by Camille Pissarro and Lucien Pissarro.

La Bechese (Woman Digging), by Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) & Lucien Pissaro (1863 – 1944), c. 1895

This scene is a glimpse into the daily reality of rural life: the woman is not ‘posed, simply going about her work. Signed in the block with the monograms of both Lucien and Camille Pissaro and the signature SC (sculpt) in pencil by Lucien Pissarro. The print is recorded in pencil as number 11 of a print quantity of hand printed proofs of 20.

Very fine woodcut impression on pale cream light wove paper; image: 11 cm. x 7 cm

Exhibited William Weston Gallery's 1988 Annual Summer Exhibition. William Weston Gallery Summer Exhibition of 1988 (catalogue no. 3, 1988 (Year 21, issue no. 210)



In 1873, Camille Pissarro helped establish the "Société Anonyme des Artistes, Peintres, Sculpteurs et Grave”, in order to provide an alternative to the Paris Salon, the official body that had hitherto dictated what kind of art was ‘acceptable’. He is the only artist to have shown his work at all eight Paris Impressionist exhibitions, from 1874 to 1886.

Camille Pissarro sold few of his paintings during his lifetime. By the 21st century, however, his paintings were selling for millions. In November 2007, at Christie's in New York, four of his paintings, ‘Les Quatre Saisons’ (the Four Seasons), were sold for $14,601,000 (estimate $12,000,000 – $18,000,000). In November 2009, at Sotheby's in New York, ‘Le Pont Boieldieu et la Gare d'Orléans, Rouen, Soleil’ was sold for $7,026,500. In February 2014 the 1897 Le Boulevard de Montmartre, Matinée de Printemps, sold at Sotheby's in London for £19.9m.

Lucien Pissarro, son of Camille Pissarro, was a landscape painter, printmaker, wood engraver and designer and printer of fine books. He studied with his father, and was influenced by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. In 1886 he exhibited at the last of the Impressionist exhibitions and from 1886 to 1894 he exhibited with the Salon des Independents. Following his move to England, Pissaro associated with Walter Sickert and in 1906 became a member of the New English Art Club. He painted the landscapes of Dorset, Westmorland, Devon, Essex, Surrey and Sussex and was one of the founders of the Camden Town Group of artists. From 1934 to 1944 he exhibited at the Royal Academy in London.

Very good, image 11 cm. x 7 cm.
The sale includes the William Weston Gallery's catalogue of the 1988 Annual Summer Exhibition in which the print offered appears together with the invoice
William Weston Gallery Summer Exhibition of 1988 (catalogue no. 3, 1988 (Year 21,issue no. 210)
Dimensions
Height 11.50 cm (4.53 inches)
Width 7.60 cm (2.99 inches)
Medium
Very fine impression on pale cream light wove paper.
Signed/Inscribed
Signed in the block with the monograms of both Lucien and Camille Pissaro and the signature SC (sculpt) in pencil by Lucien Pissarro. The print is recorded in pencil as number 11 only of a print quantity of hand printed proofs of 20.
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