Albert GleizesRue Animée, La Ville de Toul. 1914. Busy Street, Toul North Eastern France. 1914

Original etching in black ink. 1914. Signed in pencil and inscribed by Gleizes: d'artiste'. With an inscription and dedication in pencil by Gleizes: ' À Jacques Nayral affectueusement, A. Gleizes 1914' - see below. Also signed and dated in the plate. An exceptionally rare First World War cubist work by Gleizes - only one other impression of this etching is so far known (that in the Dr and Mrs A. Melamed collection). There is no known edition. Ref: Loyer - Gleizes L'Oeuvre Gravé no 1. Wallen and Stein - The Cubist Print, Santa Barbara University Art Museum, 1981 no 65. Also exhibited Santa Barbara (the Melamed Collection impression - see above). Note: Jacques Nayral, publisher and collector, was one of Gleizes most important patrons in his cubist period and the subject of one his most famous cubist period portraits. Gleizes also wrote (with Jean Metzinger) the first major critique of Cubism in 1912 and was a co-founder of the Section d'Or cubist movement. Provenance: Collection Jacques Nayral, and family by descent. William Weston Gallery, London 1990. US Private Collection 1990-2012. Beautiful rich impression with hand-wiped tone. On pale cream wove paper. Extremely fine condition - the slightest traces of time soiling. Sheet surface excellent. Sheet: 360 x 258mm. Plate: 225 x 172mm.