Jacques Villon, ‘Untitled’, 1928, Heather James Fine Art: Benefit Auction 2018

There is a Louvre Museum embossed stamp in the lower middle.

Jacques Villon, (Born Gaston Duchamp) was from a prosperous artistic family which included three brothers: Marcel Duchamp, Jacques Villon (Gaston Duchamp), Raymond Duchamp-Villon and a sister: Suzanne Duchamp-Crotti. He was a renowned graphic artist particularly in etching, drypoint and colored aquatint and as a painter. At first he was influenced by Edgar Degas and Henry de Toulouse-Lautrec and later he participated in the fauvist, cubist and abstract impressionist movements. Jean Crotti, (1878-1958) was a French painter born in Switzerland. He was influenced by Impressionism, Fauvism and Art Nouveau, but after 1910 he experimented with Orphism and Cubism. He moved to New York where he met Marcel Duchamp and his sister Suzanne whom he married. He was frequently exhibited in major galleries in England, Germany and the United States.
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Signature: Plate lower left

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