Jacques Villon

Original Prints: Lithographs, Etchings and Drypoints

 

A consummate and prolific draughtsman, Jacques Villon (1875 - 1963) first became known as an illustrator in the late 1890s, before turning to drypoint engraving in a Belle Epoque style.

Around 1900, he produced a number of fine prints that are not without an acute sense of observation, including a variety of subjects, such as those shown here, scenes from the bustling city life or his immediate family circle.

Subsequently, along with his two brothers (Marcel Duchamp and Raymond Duchamp-Villon), he was instrumental in the avant-garde movement known as the Section d'Or (or the Group of Puteaux, from their regular meetings in the Villon studio there) that began to take shape in 1911. Their ideas of geometry and proportion in the organization of space, harking back to the Renaissance, were to deeply influence modern art, and move towards a refined version of cubism.

Jacques Villon, Dancing Girl at the Moulin Rouge, lithograph

Danseuse au Moulin Rouge

Dancing Girl at the Moulin Rouge

Ginestet & Pouillon 31

colour lithograph, 1899, the only known state, exceptionally signed by the artist

This fine print of a cabaret dancer is one of Villon's best known lithographs, as originally published in Mellerio's L'Estampe et l'Affiche.

     

 

Jacques Villon, On a Visit, drypoint engraving

En Visite

On a Visit

Ginestet & Pouillon 131

drypoint, 1905, the 2nd state (of 3)

A very rare working proof of this charming print, showing the artist's two sisters in Sunday finery.

     

 

Jacques Villon, Nu Debout, etching and drypoint, 1909-10

Nu Debout Bras en l'Air

Nude Standing, Arms in the Air

Ginestet & Pouillon 245

etching and drypoint, 1909-10, the only known state

In this critical period of Jacques Villon's transition to cubism, this large and graphically refined print marks an important turning point in the artist's work.

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