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    Lucien Pissarro. Floréal, original woodblock print in bistre, matted. [London: The Vale, Ricketts and Shannon, ca. early 1890s]. Paper (9.75 x 2.86 inches; 247.6 x 72.6 mm); Matte (18 x 15 inches; 457.2 x 381 mm). With Pissarro's monogram to bottom left corner and engraved "Floréal" in the bottom margin. Floréal, depicts two children catching blossoms falling from a tree. From Twelve Woodcuts in Black and Colors by Lucien Pissarro, an imprint of just twelve limited-edition portfolios published by Ricketts and Shannon in 1891. Very minor edgewear and soiling to matte, print with light foxing to edges. Near fine.

    Sketchbooks from Pissarro held at the Ashmolean Museum (late 1880s) include preliminary designs suggesting Floréal was originally intended to be a calendar design for the month of May.

    Chambers, Lucien Pissarro: Notes on a Selection of Wood Blocks Held at the Ashmolean Museum (1980), p. 25


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