Le Regiment en Marche

Jean-Emile Laboureur (1877-1943), La Regiment en Marche, woodcut, 1900, signed in blue crayon lower left and dated “oo”. Reference: Laboureur 606, only state, from few impressions printed in 1900 (over the next decade about 20 numbered impressions were printed). In very good condition (some slight staining in margins not affecting the image, a repaired tear upper margin edge, tiny paper loss lower left corner), with wide margins, printed on a firm cream wove paper, 9 x 11 3/4, the sheet 14 x 19 1/2 inches.

A fine impression of this rare early woodcut.

In the late 1890’s Laboureur learned the woodcut technique, largely from the famed woodcut specialist August Lepere; he then became socially acquainted with Toulouse-Lautrec, whose influence is apparent even at this early point, and soon became cognizant of work of the Nabis, including Bonnard and Denis, Odilon Redon, and, perhaps most importantly Felix Valloton, whose influence is clearly apparent in La Regiment.

This woodcut is a remembrance of Laboureur’s student compulsory military service- which he despised.