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Church and Farm at Éragny-sur-Epte, 1895

Camille Pissarro
Danish, French, 1830 - 1903
etching in grey, red, yellow, and blue ink on antique grey-green laid paper
26.7 x 31 cm; plate: 15.9 x 24.5 cm
Purchased 1980
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23653)

After having first attempted colour printing with "Twilight with Haystacks" in 1879, Pissarro was again drawn to the process following the success of Mary Cassatt in this medium in 1891. Four plates were required for printing, one for each colour and one for the line image. Very few impressions were made of this print and Pissarro carefully inscribed in the margin the place of each in the process. This print is inscribed as the second impression of the fifth state, and also notes the colour variation, “Rouge no 2 - Traits ardoise (red no. 2 - grey features).” The warm orange, red and yellow tones of this print convey the tranquillity of twilight over the village of Éragny.

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