La Receveuse


Jean-Emile Laboureur (1877-1943), La Receveuse, engraving, 1919-1920, signed in pencil lower left, numbered (2/38) lower right and annotated ”imp” [also with initials and the date 1918 in the plate (Godefry’s notes indicate that the plate was finished in 1919)]. Reference: Godefroy 190, Sylvain Laboureur 190, second state (of 2). In very good condition, the full sheet, printed on a cream wove paper with deckle edges, 7 7/8 x 5 7/8, the sheet 11 1/2 x 10 inches, archival mounting.

A fine impression of this Cubist portrait.

Here Laboureur uses the engraving technique which produces straight or regularly curved sharp lines, well suited to his modernist/cubist perspective.

La Receveuse (train conductor) is working on the Nantes Tramway (hence the initials on her bag), and so it is fitting that Laboureur donated the plate for this print to the Nantes Museum, where it has been exhibited; the museum also has a Laboureur gouache of the same subject.

This print has been exhibited widely; the Laboureur catalogue lists about 20 exhibits where it has been shown.