Provenance: a private Parisian collection
The present impression of this important print constitutes a exceptional version with variant colors: dark charcoal gray, light brown, flesh, and light beige-gray for the background. Ginestet & Pouillon unforunately do not mention or show the colors, but all of the impressions that we have seen invariably show the skirt and hair a grayish-black, the laced bodice rather bluish, occasionally with a slight lavender tint (from overprinting the fleshtone) and the overall background a light slate blue.
It is apparently quite rare
(it was lacking for example in the important Lucien Goldschmidt
catalogue of October-November 1970); in the catalogue raisonné, the
edition is given as comprising 30 impressions, but we personally have
not seen one that has numbering. Eric Gillis has only been able
to identify 11 impressions, and appears to question
the size of the edition s stated.
Here, Bernadette (one of Villon's favorite models, as in http://maitres-des-arts-graphiques.com/VILLON,%20Bernadette.html) sprawled over a bed, seen from the rear, is graphically refined and quite gesturally expressive.
There is preparatory drawing, dating to the year prior (https://www.ader-paris.fr/lot/15304/2900469).
* E.g., those in museum collections, such as the National Gallery of Art (https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.66593.html), or the Des Moines Art Center (https://emuseum.desmoinesartcenter.org/objects/37700/la-boudeuse-woman-sulking) or those of auction gallery catalogues, such as Sotheby's 30 June 1999, Lot 411, or Lucien Paris, on 4 November 2020 (https://www.lucienparis.com/lot/103994/13434582?offset=50&), which reappears in the Gillis Goldman Fine Art Catalogue 22, February 2021, lot 34 (https://gillisgoldman.com/catalogue-22/)