Printed by: Chalconigaph du Louvre
Note: This is made “in the pointillist manner” and is typical of Signac’s work of the period. He was heavily influenced by Seurat who had pioneered this Post Expressionist style. The work was created in conjunction with his friend, Jacques Villon. Villon made a number of lovely aquatints in this period after the greatest artists of the day including Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Derain and many others.
Condition: In very good overall condition apart from a repaired tear in upper margin not affecting there image.
Signature: signed in pencil
Publisher: Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, France, 1928
Ginestet and Pouillon : “Jacques Villon, Les Estampes et les Illustrations” (Catalogue Raisonne ) number E.644,
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.