Rue Saint-Lazare à Paris

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Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), Rue Saint-Lazare à Paris, lithograph, 1897, signed in blue ink lower margin, titled, and noted “Ep defi No 17” [the “17” crosses out an earlier “16”] by the artist. Reference: Delteil 184, only state. From the edition of 27 signed and numbered; an additional 2 or 3 proofs were not numbered. In very good condition (two oil marks in margin at right); with full margins, 9 x 5 3/4, the sheet 12 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches. Printed in a green/black ink on a chine collé, on wove.

A fine impression.

Below the title Pissarro has noted the words “sur Z”; this refers to the zinc plate on which this was printed. The plate, perforated at the corners, was given to the Bibliothèque Nationale.

Pissarro made lithographs as early as 1874, but then abandoned the medium until 1894. Rue Saint-Lazare à Paris shows him in full command of the technique, which seems to be particularly effective in enabling the artist to create an impressionistic portrait of a city scene.