Farbige Etching and aquatint in colors by Jacques Villon after the painting by Matisse from 1922 Duthuit-Matisse II. Ginestet/Pouillon E 645. Signed, numbered "10/10" and inscribed "ep. d'artiste". Inscribed "gravé par Jacques Villon 1925" on the plate. Artist's proof. On firm wove paper by Arches (with watermark). 39,7 x 27,6 cm (15,6 x 10,8 in)Sheet: 60 x 45,5 cm (232,6 x 18 in). After the painting "Espangnole". Printed by Calcographie du Louvre, Paris. Released by Bernheim-Jeune, Paris.
Jacques Villon’s extraordinary technical virtuosity enabled him, alongside his own œuvre, to make original prints from the works of artists who were friends of his, as it were, to replenish his finances. In their faithfulness to the original works and the stunning technical mastery with which Villon executed them, they are prime examples of successful translation of original works into a different medium. “Espagnole à la Mantille” is a typical example of the dazzling portraiture that, along with other genres, made Henri Matisse’s reputation for his masterly handling of decoratively heterogeneous pictorial elements. The beautiful Spanish woman asserts herself with poise against a wildly patterned background. However, the parallel stripes in the foreground create distance, while at the same time constituting the balancing factor in a composition that is visually sumptuous in its diversity. [KD].