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Arthur Rimbaud (dit portrait “aux mouches”)

Original engraving, printed in purple ink, signed in the plate


edition of 1,500

30.3 x 23 cm. (image size)

References: recorded in Solange Milet. Louis Marcoussis: Catalogue Raisonné de l’Oeuvre Gravé: 185 (4th state) / “Livres” XI

Provenance: William Weston Gallery, London (label to reverse)


This is a very fine impression on cream wove paper, showing a portrait of the poet Arthur Rimbaud printed in purple. The first two states of this print did not show the flies — a recurrent lietmotif in Rimbaud’s works — which were added for the third state. This fourth state was reworked by Marcoussis for publication in the February/March issue of the journal XXe siècle (nos 5-6), with the addition of his signature in the upper right hand corner. This was the second portrait of the young French symbolist poet, Rimbaud, executed by Louis Marcoussis.

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