Le Boxeur (The Boxer)

Henri Laurens - The Boxer

Henri Laurens (1885-1954), Le Boxeur (The Boxer), etching, c. 1921, signed in pencil lower right and numbered (18) lower left. Reference: Volker 6, only state, from the edition of 30 numbered examples.  In very good condition, the full sheet with wide margins, 8 1/4 x 6 3/4, the sheet 12 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches.

A fine impression, printed with a thin veil of plate tone.

During the period 1919-21 Laurens made a number of works involving the boxing theme in various media, including sculpture, drawing, gouche, paintings, moving from one medium to another perhaps to get a more complete understanding of the subject from an aesthetic perspective.  For example the famed sculpture Tête de boxeur (sculpted 1919, cast 1921) at the Tate Gallery in London is closely related to the present work.  Laurens was intimately involved with Cubism through Picasso and most especially Braque.