The Geese

Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), Gardeuse DOies (The Geese), etching, drypoint; 1888. Signed in pencil lower right, annotated Epreuve dartiste and titled lower left margin by the artist. Printed in dark brown/black ink on an ivory laid paper, watermark Van Gelder. In very good condition, with wide margins, 5 1/2 x 8, the sheet 9 x 11 1/4 inches. Reference: Delteil 76, first state (of 4).

A fine impression, with carefully drawn plate tone differentiating the sky from the field and streams.

Delteil notes only a few lifetime impressions, less than a 10 in all, and only one other of the first state.

In the third state Pissarro effaced one of the geese of the three at the right; most other changes after the first state were not major.