Zinc etching with aquatint on light tan wove paper
Platemark: 18.7 x 17.7 cm (7 3/8 x 6 15/16 in.); Sheet: 34.7 x 27.4 cm (13 11/16 x 10 13/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 2023.119
Catalogue raisonné: Delteil 90; Shapiro 34
State: State: II/II (Delteil and Shapiro; only according to Johnson)
Edition: Edition: about 28 lifetime impressions
The rich, inky darkness of the print’s background contrasts with the softer tones of the artist’s hat and face, revealing Pissarro’s interest in the work of Rembrandt van Rijn, especially the northern artist’s self-portraiture.
This print is one of Camille Pissarro’s few self-portraits and his only etched one. Made when he was around 60 years old, Pissarro presents himself as an aged and bearded artist wearing a soft hat and peering out of the picture frame through his half-moon spectacles. Pissarro made only 28 impressions of the print during his lifetime, most of which he gave to friends and family members.
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