Jacques Villon
( French, 1875 - 1963 )

Plate 10 from the portfolio "Du Cubisme": Composition, 1921

Inventory # 51909 j

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.

The diverse directions of each print in the portfolio shows the creative and liberating effects of Cubism among the artists of this group, as well as a fusion of Cubist ideals with each artist’s own style. The drypoint by Metzinger titled Cubist Mask, is one of the only known graphic works done by this artist. The featured Juan Gris afterwork, Portrait of Picasso, is an impressive homage to the father of Cubism. The graphic works in the Du Cubisme portfolio demonstrate the fascinating experimentation with graphic processes that evolved from the groundbreaking investigations of the early Cubists.



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