Coin de Rue Dans Soho (New York City)


Jean-Emile Laboureur (1877-1947), Coin de Rue Dans Soho, woodcut, 1909, signed in pencil lower left and numbered (15/15) [also initials in the plate]. Reference: Sylvain Laboureur 642, Godefroy 642, second state (of 2). In very good condition, with wide margins, deckle edges left and bottom, slight traces of spotting in margin at left and bottom. 4 1/2 x 5 3/4, the sheet 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches. Archival mounting with window mat.

A fine clear and bright impression of this early and rare woodcut.

At this stage of his development Laboureur had arrived at an interesting modernist approach to the woodcut, somewhat comparable to that of his colleague and friend Felix Vallotton. Here he achieves an atmospheric sketch in woodcut; people are dressed for cold weather, engaged in walking or talking on a busy London street corner. In the sign at the upper right one can read Laboureur’s initials in tiny letters.