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Church and Farm at Éragny-sur-Epte, c. 1894-1895

Camille Pissarro
Danish, French, 1830 - 1903
pen and brown ink with borders in graphite on beige wove paper
20.1 x 26 cm irregular; image: 15.9 x 25 cm
Purchased 1981
National Gallery of Canada (no. 26618)

This view of Éragny sur Epte is similar to two versions of an etching by Camille Pissarro, one in black ink and one in colour for which six different print states exist. Surrounded by a pencilled line whose dimensions correspond within a few millimetres to the size of the print as it came off the plate, the drawn image is formed of stiff, scribbled pen marks that resemble the effect produced by a burin scraping away varnish on an etching plate. The contrast between the areas containing varying amounts of drawing and the spaces purposely left as reserve creates a vibrantly luminous impression. Éragny is a small village in the Oise, north of Paris. The slender steeple of its church appears frequently in Pissarro's work.

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