Landscape at Pontoise (Apple Trees), 1873
Danish, French, 1830
etching in brown ink on wove paper
18 x 27.4 cm irregular; plate: 13.8 x 20.7 cm trimmed irregular at upper edge
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23008)
From 1866 until 1883, Pissarro lived at various addresses in the Hermitage, a picturesque hamlet of Pontoise, which was also his principle landscape subject. This view shows the village through a screen of trees, suggesting a random glimpse that is true to nature. Compositionally it follows in reverse a painting of apple trees in blossom dated 1872 (Private collection). The artist was careful to inscribe the sheet in the lower margin with the title and state number “no 2 - 2e État (no. 2 - 2nd state)” indicating this is the second impression of the second state, of which only two are known to exist.