MT: lithograph on paper, glazed within gilt wooden frame (23x50 / F:45x70x3)
TX: signed with pencil at lower right of margin in French <Jacques Villon>
PR: The Vincent Price Collection, California
CM: This image was created as an illustration for Paul Valéry's volume entitled Les Bucoliques which was written between 1942-1944 for the Society Scripta and Picta. The twenty illustrations for the volume were drawn on stone by Jacques Villon with each color having a unique stone, 320 in all. The edition was printed by Célestin on the Mourlot press. This particular work is one of the few examples which were hand-signed by the artist. Villon offers a unique abstraction of nature by reducing the environment that inspired the image while including the organic forms of animals, heighting the angularity of the image.
[Megakles Rogakos 08/2009]
POUILLON, CATHERINE & DE GINESTET, COLETTE Jacques Villon: Les Estampes et Les Illustrations 1979 Arts et Metiers Graphiques, Paris, E 249