The older brother of Marcel Duchamp, Jacques Villon was a highly successful artist in his own right, earning the Légion d'Honneur the same year he executed this drawing. The grid-like application of ink seen in this sheet, which is signed and dated 39, occurs similarly in many of the artist's drawings from this period. Compare, for instance, "La grand baie du petit salon- L'athlète" (Galerie Schmit, Paris) of 1938, which has similar grid-like hatching. The romanesque church was likely one Villon saw during his three-month trip in Beaugency on the Loire during the year 1939.
Pen and black ink on paper.
8 3/16 x 8 7/8 inches (208 x 226 mm)
The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection.
Inscribed at center left in pen and black ink, "Jacques Villon 39".
Joseph F. McCrindle, New York (McCrindle collection no. A1155).