Orage en Briere

Jean-Emile Laboureur (1877-1943), Orage en Briere, etching an drypoint, 1932, signed in pencil lower left, numbered lower right and annotated “imp” (impressit, printed by the artist personally). Reference: Laboureur 461, third state (of 4), from the edition of 42 in this state (11 in states one and two; state four was published posthumously, see below). In very good condition, printed on an old greyish laid paper with irregular edges (with a Bunch of Grapes watermark), 6 3/4 x 7 1/4, the sheet 8 x 10 5/8 inches.

A fine impression of this interesting composition, with two women and a child lower left braving the storm.

This is of course a lifetime impression; the plate was used posthumously in 1959 to print about 248 impressions to illustrate the volume by Toesca titled Laboureur en Briere.

Briere is a village in Brittany, in a marsharea to the north of the Loire estuary in France at its mouth on the Atlantic Ocean. Cottages with thatched roofs are still to be found in the area.