Le Promenade au Phare


Jean-Emile Laboureur (1877-1943), Le Promenade au Phare, engraving, 1925, signed in pencil lower left and numbered lower right (24/70) [with the initial in the plate lower left]. Reference: S. Laboureur 302, third state (of 3), published by Henri Petiet, with his blindstamp, in very good condition, on a cream laid paper with margins, 6 1/2 x 7, the sheet 8 x 10 1/2 inches.

A fine impression, with a light veil of plate tone overall, perhaps a bit darker toward the bottom of the sheet.

Henri M. Petiet was an illustrious Paris publisher and print dealer; his stamp (Lugt 2021a) is at the lower left.

This cubist/mannerist composition displays Laboureur’s astonishing skill with the engraving tool (the burin); engraving seems to have been the perfect method for his aesthetic at this stage in his career.

The “phare” at the center of the composition is the lighthouse.