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Summer Fine Art & Antiques Auction - Day 2

Sun, Jul 9, 2023 01:00PM EDT
Lot 1075

J. Villon Aquatint Etching After Picasso. Mother and Child

Estimate: $350 - $450

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Jacques de Villon (French, 1875-1963) aquatint etching after a painting by Pablo Picasso (Spain/France, 1881-1973) titled "Mother and Child," originally painted in 1901, Chalcographie de Louvre edition. Depicts a seated woman in a blue robe, kissing the forehead of a child in a white nightshirt. Signed "Picasso" center-left in the plate. Chalcographie de Louvre blindstamp, lower center below plate. Housed in a contemporary wormy wood frame under glass. Plate: 25 3/4" H x 16 3/4" W. Sight: 33 1/2" H x 23 1/2" W. Framed: 35 3/4" H x 25 1/2" W. Note: In 1920, the artist Jacques de Villon was commissioned by the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune to create aquatint engravings based on the canvases of several important painters including Matisse, Modigliani, Picasso, and even Villon himself. Villon employed a painstaking and time-consuming 18th-century color engraving method using three and sometimes four plates to complete the final proof, in an effort to create a final print as true as possible to the original painting. After the original run of about 200 prints (plus several artist proofs) for the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, these plates were acquired by the Chalcographie du Louvre, which reissued an unknown number of the Villon prints in the mid-20th century, prior to Villon's death. For an excellent explanation of Villon's process as well as a detailed catalog of his prints, refer to Miguel Orozco, "The Prints of Jacques Villon Vol. 1"


With slight toning, minor areas of creasing above and below plate, very slight waviness to paper.

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