Le Jardin des Tuileries
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),
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).