André Derain, 1880-1954
Baigneuses. Bathers c.1910
Original engraving in black ink. 1910/19. Signed in pencil. Engraved in 1913; plate retouched and only edition of c.25 impressions issued c.1919. Edition issued by the Galerie Simon (Henri Kahnweiler) c.1919. Very rare.
Ref: Adhemar - Bibliotheque Nationale Paris 1955 no 46, completed state.
Derain drew this composition in engraving at the key moment of the first development of Cubism. In the treatment of the figures and space it has strong links with Picasso's ground-breaking works such as the 'Demoiselles d'Avignon'. The faces reflect the African Tribal mask which Derain had in his collection and which Picasso knew well and the form of which he exploited in paintings at this date. At the time Derain engraved this work he printed almost no impressions. At Kahnweiler's suggestion he cleaned-up the plate and printed the small edition in 1919. Impressions are very rare.
Excellent impression with wiped plate tone. On cream laid Hollande paper. Excellent condition; the very slightest suggestion of paper time toning. Wide margins. Sheet: 588 x 440. Plate: 277 x 199mm.
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