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Louis Marcoussis, Un Reve (A Dream)
 
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TITLE:  Un Reve (A Dream)
ARTIST:  Louis Marcoussis (French, 1883–1941)
WORK DATE:  1930
CATEGORY:  Prints and Multiples
MATERIALS:  Etching
MARKINGS:  Signed in pencil lower right and inscribed "2nd etat 1/2" lower left
SIZE:  7.25 x 5.38, the sheet 15.63 x 9.38 inches
STYLE:  Surrealism
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Harris Schrank Fine Prints  +1-212-662-1234  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  Plate 1 of the portfolio Aurelia. Reference: Milet 55II, second state (of 4), before the edition (of 153 in the fourth state). In good condition, on a wove paper with full margins (a small area of discoloration below the border lower left, remains of prior glue right margin edge), archival matting.

A fine impression of a rare proof, before the edition. This is one of the two proofs of the second state. After this state the plate was reduced in a third state (from 183 to 174 mm), and then steel faced for the edition.

Jean Cassou and Pierre Courthion asked Marcoussis to illustrate Aurelia, a novel by Gerard de Merval. This was the first album of their collection "Le Blanc et Le Noir," edition chez Fourcade. Marcoussis was familiar with this novel, in which imagination and reality intermingle. In it de Merval wrote: "La Reve est une seconde vie." (The Dream is a parallel life.) Marcoussis wrote of the print: "Il ressemblait a l'Ange de la Melancholie d'Albrecht Durer." (It recalls the angel in Durer's Melancholia.)

PROVENANCE:  Libreria Prandi Reggio (blindstamp lower right corner)
ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Harris Schrank Fine Prints Inventory Catalogue
 
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