Original etching on Auvergne paper. Signed and dated in the plate, "Jacques Villon 21" lower left. This impression is the 10th plate of 11 from the portfolio "Du Cubisme." This portfolio is number 31 from the edition of 35 on Auvergne paper, aside from an edition of 400 on pur fil Lana paper and 20 collaborators' copies with Roman numerals. Published in 1947, and printed by La Companie Française des Arts Graphiques. In excellent condition.
Platemark: 3 1/8" x 5 1/16"; Sheet size: 10" x 7 7/16"
Du Cubisme, a portfolio of graphic interpretations of Cubism, was initiated and assembled by Albert Gleizes and Jean Metzinger. Although the prints for this portfolio were done in the teens of the 20th century, they were not published together until the 1947, possibly because before then the works had not yet been assimilated. The portfolio features eleven intaglio prints, including three by the founding fathers of the Cubist movement, Picasso, Braque, and Gris, and other works by artists who were influenced by the movement, including Gleizes, Picabia, Villon, Derain, Metzinger, Léger, Duchamp, and Marie Laurencin.