IFPDA Print Fair New York
26 October 2017
Georges Rouault, 1871-1958
Jongleur. 1938. Juggler.
Original aquatint with brush etching in colours. 1934-38. Unique pencil signed and annotated pre-edition trial proof – inscribed (twice) by Rouault as: Bon à tirer (the final pre-edition proof). Also inscribed by Rouault to the printer (Roger Lacourière) as a proof to be retained for the archive. Also with notes to the printer. Also with etched signature and date in the plate.
Note: Rouault virtually never pencil signed his colour aquatints – it is exceptional to see an impression both signed and annotated, as here. Very few of his working proofs have survived.
Proof before the issued edition of 250 impressions for the series: Cirque de l’Etoile Filante. Edition issued by Ambroise Vollard, Paris 1938.
Ref: Chapon – Rouault L’Oeuvre Gravé no 244.
Superb proof impression with extremely fine colours from the hand-printing. On Montval paper. Full sheet. Excellent original condition typical of such a proof; not restored. Sheet; 440 x 330mm. Plate: 312 x 202mm.
‘Cirque de l’Etoile Filante’ was the second of Rouault’s two series of prints devoted to his favourite theme of the Circus. He was fascinated by its symbolic focus on the emotional ambivalence of that world, the split between reality and performance. He saw in it not a celebration of light-hearted gaiety but a symbol of the moral falsehood of society. Outward gaiety, seemingly rich and splendid clothing, in fact hid poverty, suffering and poor social conditions.
Rouault had first begun to think about a series of etched compositions using themes of the circus as early as 1920. He wrote shortly afterwards to his great friend and mentor the writer André Suares to ask whether he would write a text to go with the set of prints. The prints were etched and printed in colours by about 1931. However the project was abandoned by Vollard, the publisher.
Rouault then etched a second set of prints, known as the ‘Cirque de l’Etoile Filante’. He made plates in in black and white and then developed these in colour, creating some of the most powerful images in his graphic oeuvre. He worked on the plates at the studio of Roger Lacourière, the finest etching printer in Paris at that period. ‘Jongleur’ forms part of that series (No 5).
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