Rain Effect

Camille Pissarro, French, 1830 - 1903

Made in France, Europe


Spit-bite aquatint and drypoint

Plate: 6 5/16 × 8 3/8 inches (16 × 21.3 cm) Sheet: 8 9/16 × 10 1/16 inches (21.8 × 25.5 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Purchased with the Joseph E. Temple Fund and the Edgar Viguers Seeler Fund, 1948

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Pissarro was one of a number of Impressionist painter-printmakers who were fascinated with Japanese prints, many of which depicted landscape views from various perspectives at different times of day or in different seasons. Perhaps inspired by such examples, he added diagonal streaks across the plate in the sixth state of Rain Effect, transforming the hazy view of a hayfield into a rainy one.

Pissarro created the misty forms of the haystack and distant trees in this image using spit-bite. In this method acid is mixed with a viscous substance (such as saliva) and selectively applied over the aquatint, etching the tone more deeply to produce darker, diffuse shapes when printed.