Le Ferveur

Jean-Emile Laboureur (1877-1943), Le Ferveur, etching, engraving, roulette, drypoint, 1928, signed in pencil lower left, numbered lower right, and annotated “imp.” Reference: Laboureur 370, first state (of 2), from the edition of 15 in this state (another 500 impressions were printed for inclusion in the volume Ferveur (see below). In good condition, moderate light staining, with margins, 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches.

A very good impression, with shading especially in the clouds toward the top right created with the use of an extremely fine-pointed roulette tool.

This engraving, in its second state, was the frontispiece for a recueil of poems entitled Ferveur, by Matilda Pomes (cf. Laboureur Vol. 2, section 2, page 364). In the second state lines representing rain were added (we can already see the dark clouds here in the first state) as well as the artist’s monogram.