Jacques Villon, ‘Le grand testament’, 1963, Sylvan Cole Gallery
Jacques Villon, ‘Le grand testament’, 1963, Sylvan Cole Gallery

François Villon.
Le grand testament.
Paris: Henri Jonquières, 1963.

A stunning livre d'artiste, ILLUSTRATED WITH 18 ORIGINAL COLOR LITHOGRAPHS BY JACQUES VILLON (Ginestet & Pouillon app. 73-90). 156 pp. From an edition limited to 149 copies, this is ONE OF ONLY THIRTY COPIES PRINTED ON EXTREMELY FINE RIVES WOVE PAPER, WITH AN EXTRA SUITE OF THE LITHOGRAPHS PRINTED IN COLOR (on antique Japanese paper) AND ANOTHER EXTRA SUITE OF THE LITHOGRAPHS PRINTED IN BLACK (on Japon nacré). So there are 54 original lithographs in all. Large folio. Loose as issued in original wraps, housed in the original cloth folding case. FINE AND BRIGHT, WITH NO DEFECTS.

Publisher: Henri Jonquières

Ginestet & Pouillon app. 73-90

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