Au Balcon


Jean-Emile Laboureur (1877-1943), Au Balcon, engraving, 1917-1919, signed in pencil bottom left, numbered (8/35) and inscribed imp bottom right, titled bottom left margin. Laboureur 181, third state (of 3), from the total printing in all states of about 45.  In good condition (browning at bottom edge),  with margins, 7 3/4 x 4 7/8, the sheet 11 1/4 x 8 3/8 inches.

A fine impression.

One of Laboureur’s iconic images, the aesthetic structure to be reprised a few years later in Le Balcon sur la Mer (1923).

The dating of this print, like a number of the prints interrupted by the War, is unclear; the date shown in the print itself (1918) may be when the print was engraved; prints of the later states may have been printed a year or so later, with the final state printing in late 1920.