This pivotal print represents
the model Reine (who also worked with Marcel Duchamp), and
marks an important stage in Villon's artistic development, working
towards a refined
simplification and construction of form in the image. The sketch
lower right is a first layout of the model's head and arm.
Ginestet & Pouillon record 23 impressions. (It is said that Villon printed his plates as they appeared to him, for their "personality", without steel-facing. They would thus evolve through the printing. He would only stop printing when he saw fit, often with no real edition size in mind. His numerotation is thus quite personal, and the first impressions are generally dark and charged with burr, such as this one.)