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.