Jean-Emile Laboureur (1877-1943), Portrait of Marie Laurencin, woodcut, 1914, signed in pencil lower right and numbered 20/45, also inscribed “imp.” [also with initials in plate] Reference Sylvain Laboureur 707, second state of two, in excellent condition on wove paper, the full sheet with full margins, 9 3/4 x 8 5/8, the sheet 15 1/2 x 12 3/8 inches, archival matting.
Ex collection: Henri Petiet (with his stamp verso)
A fine fresh impression of this rarely encountered – and very successful – cubist print.
After being introduced to each other by Apollinaire in the spring of 1912 Laboureur and Laurencin became good friends (although often cited, it’s not entirely clear that Laboureur taught Laurencin printmaking). Of course Laboureur had been working in the woodcut medium for awhile at this point, having refined his techniqe working closely with his friend Felix Vallotton years earlier. In this portrait Laboureur, by now immersed in working through his personalized cubist approach, portrays Laurencin painting her famous “Les Deux Amies.”