Notre Champ D’Action Est Limite

LĂ©opold Survage (Moscow 1879 – 1968 Paris, Notre Champ D’Action Est Limite – 1946, wood engraving, signed and dated lower right [also initialed LS in the block, lower right], numbered lower left, on cream wove paper with a ram’s head watermark, with wide margins, 7 1/2 x 6, the sheet 11 x 8 3/4 inches. In excellent condition.With the blindstamp LE LIVRE ET SES AMIS lower right sheet. From the presumed edition of 100.

A fine clear impression.

This remarkable work, influenced by cubism and futurism, is ablaze with imagery which is, perhaps, exemplifying the title of the piece – Notre Champ D’Action Est Limite (Our Field of Action is Limited) – which is actually carved into the block at the left.

Survage was influenced by many figures in the European Modernist movement, from Cezanne to Picasso; starting in Russia, and then moving to Paris (where he studied with Matisse, later roomed with Modigliani). He moved on to become a famed muralist, painter, set designer, and film maker.