Une Marmite

Jean-Emile Laboureur (1877-1943), Une Marmite, engraving, 1916, signed in pencil lower left; titled, dated and inscribed epreuve de 1er etat bottom margin edge [with the initial and date in the plate]. Reference: S. Laboureur 149, first state (of 4); only 8 or so impressions in the first state (this may be the first); in the published state, with lettering at the bottom, there were 135 proofs. In very good condition (the margin at right cut a bit ragged and close to the plate mark, but still away from it), 7 x 5 1/2, the sheet 8 1/4 x 6 3/8 inches.

A fine impression, printed on a thin cream laid paper.

This is obviously a wartime print, with the two soldiers at the corner viewing an explosion behind them. This is a plate from a series called Des Petite Images de la Guerre sur le front Britannique.

A relatively early example of Laboureurs adoption of the cubist idiom, done in engraving.