Drypoint on wove paper print, "La Petite Boudeuse" (translating as "the little sulk/sullen one"), 1905, pencil signed at lower right margin near the blindstamp of Edouard Sagot, Editeur, Paris, and numbered at lower left "No. 18", by famous French cubist painter and printmaker JACQUES VILLON (1875-1963). Villon, one of three brothers, (one of them the famous Marcel Duchamp), worked early on in the style of Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Around the time this print was created, Villon studied printmaking techniques with Marcel Robbe. Later on he worked in various modernist styles including Fauvism, Cubism, and abstract impressionism. In 1913 he exhibited at the landmark Armory Show in New York, thereby launching his career, especially in America. A painting exceeded the one million dollar mark at a New York auction in 2004, but original works commonly exceed $100,000. Villon's place in twentieth century art history is assured. This example measures 18 3/4" by 13 3/4" inside the simple present framing (no mat). There is paper oxidation, a bit of moisture staining at lower right edge, and show-through of an acidic, non-archival cardboard backing. This is an affordable example by a major modernist artist, dating from early in his life.
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