Catherine Prepare le Tub et Lois Nue se Coiiffre


Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938), Catherine Prepare le Tub et Lois Nue se Coiiffre, 1895, drypoint and etching with plate tone, signed in pencil lower right [also signed and dated in the plate, in reverse]. Reference: Petrides E 7. From an edition of unstated size, probably printed well after its creation. In very good condition with full margins (some spots of mat stain (?) in the margin outside of the platemark, stains from prior hinging margin edges), printed on BFK Rives cream wove paper, the full sheet, 8 7/8 x 8 7/8, the sheet 18 3/8 x 14 1/2 inches, archival mounting (2750).

A fine fresh atmospheric impression, printed with plate tone and a smattering of acid or phosphorous.

Shortly before this early drypoint was made, in 1893, Valadon, at the suggestion of Toulouse Lautrec succeeded in meeting and impressing Degas. It is said that Degas took one look at her drawings of little Maurice (her son, later to become well-known as the artist Maurice Utrillo) and said, “you are one of us!” He then bought 17 of these drawings and hung them among his Cézannes, Gauguins and Van Goghs.