An original signed lithograph by French artist Jacques Villon (1875-1963) titled "Le Manège", 1962. Hand pencil signed and numbered by Villon: "épreuve d'artiste" meaning Artist Proof. A great example of Villon's work with very pleasing imagery. Beautifully framed with moulding from Spain. Framed size: 28.25" x 24". Image size: 15.5" x 12". In excellent condition.
Signature: Hand pencil signed by Villon lower right
Image rights: Copyright © Graves International Art
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.