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Le Petit Équilibriste (The Little Tightrope Walker)

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Jacques Villon, Le Petit Équilibriste (The Little Tightrope Walker), 1914, drypoint on paper, Gift of Kevin and Dawn Longe, © artist or other rights holder, 2001.104.2

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Title

Le Petit Équilibriste (The Little Tightrope Walker)

Artist

Jacques Villon (French, 1875-1963)

Date

1914

Medium

drypoint on paper

Edition

edition of 50

Dimensions (H x W x D)

plate: 8 3/4 in x 6 3/8 in; sheet: 17 3/4 in x 12 1/4 in

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

intaglio print

Culture

French

Credit Line

Gift of Kevin and Dawn Longe

Accession Number

2001.104.2

Copyright

© artist or other rights holder

Terms

Abstract

drypoint

drypoints

intaglio printing

intaglio prints

paper

Description

Jacques Villon's great achievement as a printmaker was his creation of a special graphic language for Cubism, the early twentieth-century avant-garde movement whose most famous practitioners were Picasso and Bracque. To their experiments with fragmenting and reassembling objects in shifting relationships on a flat surface, he added a sense of dynamic movement.

The Little Tightrope Walker exemplifies Villon's masterly wielding of the drypoint needle to produce dark, velvety lines that stand out against the cream color of the paper. Villon's handling of the medium heightens the ambiguity of space, figure, planes, and motion created by his signature hatching and crosshatching.

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