Jacques Villon, La Boudeuse, 1900, etching with aquatint

La Boudeuse


Ginestet & Pouillon E37

etching with aquatint, 1900, with extensive hand-coloring à la poupée (with a dauber), on medium-weight cream laid paper (with the "ARCHES" watermark), a splendid and possibly unique impression of the only known state, printed with full margins, signed lower right in pencil, two short small ochre stains in the upper margin, and some unobtrusive vertical creasing to the right, otherwise in fine condition

P.179x288mm., S. 365x555mm.

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/)