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The Sainte-Catherine Bank in Rouen, 1883

Camille Pissarro
Danish, French, 1830 - 1903
etching, drypoint and aquatint with plate tone on laid paper
16.4 x 25.4 cm irregular; plate: 14.9 x 19.7 cm irregular
Purchased 1973
National Gallery of Canada (no. 17346)

From October to November 1883, Pissarro stayed at the Hôtel du Dauphin et d’Espagne in Rouen owned by Eugène Murer, an amateur artist and collector of Impressionist paintings. The paintings and drawings of the city and surrounding countryside that Pissarro made during this time became the basis for a number of prints, five of which he exhibited in the eighth and final Impressionist exhibition of 1886. To achieve the lighting effects of this print, the artist combined etching and drypoint with a "manière grise" (grey manner) technique, which involved a pencil-shaped emery stone that lightly rubbed the plate, leaving a slight roughness to catch the ink, and resulted in a grey tone in the printing.

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