Souper a New York


Jean-Emile Laboureur (1877-, Souper a New York, etching on zinc, 1907, signed in pencil bottom left margin; also annotated “No 11/20 imp” bottom margin. Reference: Sylvain Laboureur 67, only state. [with the signature and date in the plate lower right] From the small edition of only 16 impressions. In very good condition, the full sheet with deckle edges, on cream laid Ch. Whittman paper with their watermark, 6 x 7 1/2, the sheet 9 3/4 x 13 inches; archival mounting.

A fine impression, printed in a dark brown/black ink.

Sylvain Laboureur notes that this print was numbered according to a proposed edition size of 30, but only 16 were pulled; according to the annotation at the bottom of this impression the proposed edition may have been only 20. In any case, this print is quite rare, as are the few other prints of New York subjects Laboureur created in his early trip to the US.

Jean-Emile Laboureur was born in Nantes in 1877. He traveled to Paris in 1895 intending to study law at the Sorbonne, but found himself drawn to the nearby famed Academie Julian, and although he never officially matriculated there, he became immersed in the Parisian art scene. In 1886 he met Toulouse Lautrec, who influenced Laboureur’s emerging aesthetic style, as did the work of Odilon Redon, Bonnard, and Felix Vallotton. Laboureur traveled widely as a young artist, staying for periods in the US, where he created Souper a New York, and London, and studying classic art and printmaking in Italy and Germany, before returning to Paris in 1910.

Displaying what contemporary poet and friend Max Jacob described as “chic” and “grand classical elegance”, Laboureur has been widely collected in both Europe and North America; in the US his work can be found at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art, Washington.. Laboureur died in 1943.

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