This High quality early work by Jacques Villon is Hand Signed by the artist in pencil "Jacques Villon" at the lower right margin. It is also Hand Numbered "49/50" at the lower left margin .
This Etching was printed in 1904 in a limited edition of 50 impressions some were made in sanguine (red) and some in the color olive bistre (our work is one of the last).
This work was printed in a small limited edition of 50 Hand Signed and Numbered Impressions.
The paper bears the watermark of "BFK" Rives paper.
Provenance: This is a very early work by Villon dated from 1904. It belonged to The Collection of Olga Carre-Burel formally known as the Collection of Louis Carre. This was one of the most important collections of Villon's work in the world if not the most important one. Olga Carre (born Burel) was the wife of the important Paris Gallery owner and Collector Louis Carre. He passed away in 1977 and so his wife, Olga Carre, inherited his collection. Louis Carre was the main dealer of Jacques Villon and exhibited his works regularly in his Gallery in Paris and New York. Most of their collection was bought directly from the artists.
Literature: Jacques Villon-Les Estampes,Les Illustrations-Catalogue Raisonne, by Colette de Ginestet and Catherine Pouillon, published by Arts et Metiers Graphiques.
Reference: Ginestet et Pouillon no. E. 111 (fully illustrated in page 73).