Item #CL168-85 ANZACs. Jean Emile Laboureur, French.
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c1918. Woodcut, initialled in block lower right, signed and editioned 15/45 in pencil in lower margin, 25 x 14cm. Framed.

Ref: Laboureur #713.

Founder, in 1923, of the Société des Peintres Graveurs Indépendants, Laboureur was friend to avant-garde poet Guillaume Apollinaire and painter Marie Laurencin. At Academie Julian, a prestigious Parisian art academy, Laboureur met the eminent wood engraver Auguste Lepère, and decided to devote himself to the study of printmaking. Artists including Toulouse-Lautrec, with whom Laboureur became acquainted in 1896, encouraged his sense of humour and creativity. After travelling extensively Laboureur returned to Paris in 1910 when Picasso and Braque were introducing Cubism. Inspired by this art movement, Laboureur used it to develop a decorative style distinctly his own. By the end of WWI, Laboureur was a successful book designer and illustrator. Ref: IFPDA.

Item #CL168-85

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