Edouard Vuillard, Jardin des Tuileries, lithograph

Le Jardin des Tuileries

Roger-Marx 28

four-colour lithograph, 1896, the 2nd state (of 2), on fine white chine volant paper, a superb and fresh impression, with full margins, as published in Ambroise Vollard's first Album des Peintres-Graveurs (an edition of 100), with traces of old tape hinges in the extreme upper corners on the reverse, otherwise in quite excellent condition

P. 308 x 438 mm. (though 280 x 430 mm. according to Roger-Marx),
S. 472 x 506 mm.

This charming yet unassuming print, its diagonal gravel walkways enlivened by passers-by and pigeons in the foreground, with a forceful, rigorous composition and chromatic clarity inspired by the aesthetics of Japanese printmaking, is Vuillard's first four-colour lithograph, and, notably, the first without a black stone (slate blue, dark blue, gray, and yellow, according to Roger-Marx).

Claude Roger-Marx simply considered it to be Vuillard's first masterpiece (L'Oeuvre Gravé de Vuillard, Monte-Carlo, 1948, p. 14).