La Rentree au Seminaire, 1897

Jean-Emile Laboureur (1877-1943), La Rentree au Seminaire, 1897, woodcut, signed in ink lower right and inscribed “tire a 15 ex.” [also with monogram in the plate]. Reference: Laboureur 566, only state. In good condition, with some staining toward margin edge not affecting image, tack-holes at corners, 4 3/8 x 4 3/8, the sheet 9 5/8 x 8 1/2 inches.

A fine impression, printed on a grey/green wove paper.

A very early woodcut; the first time that Laboureur used a monogram within the plate.

This woodcut was made shortly after Laboureur learned printmaking from the famed printmaker – and woodcut specialist – Auguste Lepere; and the composition, with its ordering of a mass of marchers, appears to be influenced by Felix Valloton, an early Laboureur colleague.