Jacques Villon

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Jacques Villon
1875-1963
Romanesque Church
1939
Pen and black ink on paper.
8 3/16 x 8 7/8 inches (208 x 226 mm)
The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection.
2009.332
Inscription: 
Inscribed at center left in pen and black ink, "Jacques Villon 39".
Provenance: 
Joseph F. McCrindle, New York (McCrindle collection no. A1155).
Notes: 

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 [19]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.

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