Jacques Villon, ‘L'Aventure’, 1935, Childs Gallery

Ginestet Pouillon 387 i-ii/IV. A rare unrecorded trial proof between the 1st and 2nd states; with hatched lines added, but without the extensive shading seen in the 2nd state. Aside from the edition of 108 in the final state. Inscribed in pencil lower left margin: "Etat"; signed in pencil lower right margin: "Jacques Villon". Printed on BFK Rives. A fine impression in fine condition. Sheet measures 19 3/4 x 15 1/4 inches. From the collection of Professor and Mrs. Daniel Bell, Cambridge, MA.

Sold as a set with the editioned state.

About Jacques Villon

The eldest brother of Marcel Duchamp, caricaturist, illustrator, and painter Jacques Villon traded in his given name (Gaston Emile Duchamp) in homage to Alphonse Daudet’s novel Jack (1876) the poet François Villon. Initially noted for humous political cartoons, he soon turned to more serious "Belle Époque" style of printmaking, influenced by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Eventually, he committed himself to painting, which he saw as "a method of prospecting, a manner of expression." As his style developed, he forged a unique blend of flat, geometric Cubist forms and a luminous palette worthy of the Impressionists. Villon was among the French artists who flirted with pure abstraction in the 1920s, producing compositions based on color theory. Ultimately however, he returned to painting portraits and landscapes, and would continue contributing illustrations and original prints to publications.

French, 1875-1963