Sur la Tamise (On the Thames)

Jean-Emile Laboureur (1877-1943), Sur la Tamise, woodcut, 1914, signed in pencil lower left margins and numbered (3/35) lower right margin. Reference: Sylvain Laboureur 696, only state. In generally good condition apart from mat stain outside of the image, slight toning, on Arches laid paper, with margins, 11 3/8 c 14 3/8, the sheet 13 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches.

A good impression of this early cubist-influenced woodcut.

Laboureur was of course close to Felix Vallotton, even before the turn of the century, and this woodcut shows the continuing influence of Vallotton as Laboureur was beginning to bring cubism into his aesthetic framework.

This large woodcut was intended to be accompanied in a text of a novel by Abel Hermant (La Petite Femme), describing a character traveling in a flat boat down the Thames with a woman at his side.