Georges Rouault - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Pace Master Prints, New York

  • Literature

    Françoise Chapon and Isabelle Rouault 242-43, 249, 251, and 254-55

  • Catalogue Essay

    Including: Amer Citron (Bitter Lemon), plate 3; Le Petit Nain (The Little Dwarf), plate 4; Enfant de la balle (Child of the Circus), plate 10; Douce amère (Bittersweet), plate 12; Les Ballerines (The Ballerinas), plate 15; and Auguste (Augustus), plate 16

    About twelve years after asking his friend André Suarès to write a text on the circus, the last of Rouault's three or four attempts at creating this book was published. With a new title and text by the artist, the seventeen color plates were given a painterly effect through a process new to Rouault. Where he had formerly worked over photogravures made after his gouaches and paintings, this time he drew the heavy black outlines with sugar-lift aquatint. After he hand-colored the black-and-white proofs, the master printer Lacourière re-created the colored areas in aquatint, altering the values and tones as Rouault suggested. Riva Castleman, A Century of Artists Books, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1994, p. 88.


Cirque de l'étoile filante (Shooting Star Circus): six plates (C. & R. 242-3; 249; 251; 254-5)

Six etchings with aquatint and drypoint in colors, on laid Montval paper, with full margins.
all I. 12 x 8 1/4 in. (30.5 x 21 cm)
all S. 17 1/2 x 13 1/4 in. (44.5 x 33.7 cm)

All signed with initials and dated in the plate, from the edition of 250 (there were also 30 hors commerce in Roman numerals), published by Ambroise Vollard, Paris, 1938, all framed.

$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $4,788

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 20 - 22 April 2021