CAMILLE PISSARRO (1830-1903) Paysage avec maisons, environs d'Éragny 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 in (15.7 x 23.6 cm) (Painted in 1888)

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Lot 14
CAMILLE PISSARRO
(1830-1903)
Paysage avec maisons, environs d'Éragny 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 in (15.7 x 23.6 cm)

Sold for US$ 221,000 inc. premium
PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF NANCY WALLS
CAMILLE PISSARRO (1830-1903)
Paysage avec maisons, environs d'Éragny
stamped with the initials 'C.P.' (lower right); dated '1888' and with twelve color samples annotated in the artist's hand (on the reverse)
oil on panel
6 1/2 x 9 1/2 in (15.7 x 23.6 cm)
Painted in 1888

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Marguerite Caetani, née Chapin, Principessa di Bassiano, Duchessa di Sermoneta (1880-1963).
    Anon. sale, Christie's, London, 25 June 1984, lot 3.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.

    Literature
    J. Pissarro and C. Durand-Ruel Snollaerts, Pissarro, Catalogue critique des peintures, vol. III, Milan, 2005, p. 565, no. 862.

    Marguerite Caetani, former owner of this painting, was one of the most influential literary patrons of the early twentieth century. She was born in Connecticut in 1880 into the storied Chapin family, descended from Deacon Samuel Chapin who left England for the New World in 1635. Her extended relatives included T.S. Elliot, J.P. Morgan, William Howard Taft, Grover Cleveland, Harriet Beecher Stowe and the abolitionist John Brown, among others (H. Barolini, Their Other Side: Six American Women and the Lure of Italy, New York, 2006, p. 183). Orphaned at an early age she rebelled against the expectations of her class and left for Paris in 1903 to study singing. There she met and married the Italian aristocrat, composer and collector Roffredo Caetani, Prince of Bassiano, later the last Duke of Sermoneta. During the 1920s the 'Sunday Lunches' at the Caetanis' Villa Romaine in Versailles were frequented by the star literary, visual, and musical artists of the day, from James Joyce and Paul Valéry to Picasso, Collette, and Stravinsky (Barolini, op. cit., p. 194). In the fall of 1924, Marguerite turned her artistic and literary passion into a business venture, starting the revue Commerce, which published a number of unseen excerpts from Joyce's Ulysses, poems by T.S. Eliot (or simply "Cousin Tom"), and works by other English language authors including Faulkner and Woolf, all translated into French. While the review was extremely well received, and Marguerite was a darling of the Parisian artistic set, she never strove for celebrity and ultimately remained behind the scenes. Despite a gallant attempt at making ends meet, the economic hardship of the 1930s meant that Marguerite could not continue to provide the funds necessary to keep publishing Commerce. The Caetanis returned to Italy, moving into the Palazzo Caetani in the Via delle Botteghe Oscure in Rome. After the Second World War and the death of her only son on the Albanian front, Marguerite founded a second literary review, Botteghe Oscure. The review ran from 1948 until 1960 and was divided between Italian writings, and foreign works in their original language. It was originally published anonymously, but in the 1950s Marguerite added her name to the masthead. As with Commerce, she never stepped into the limelight, nor did she contribute any of her own writings. The remarkable list of contributors included W.H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, André Malraux, Truman Capote, and Carlos Fuentes. The review finally ceased publication in 1960, three years before the death of its founder.
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CAMILLE PISSARRO (1830-1903) Paysage avec maisons, environs d'Éragny 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 in (15.7 x 23.6 cm) (Painted in 1888)
CAMILLE PISSARRO (1830-1903) Paysage avec maisons, environs d'Éragny 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 in (15.7 x 23.6 cm) (Painted in 1888)
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