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Emile Antoine Verpilleux

1888 – 1964

Malines by Emile Antoine Verpilleux

Malines   1922

  Original woodcut, printed in colours.
Signed in pencil.
S 511 x 387 mm; I 383 x 358 mm
Signed proof impression with the sky printed in tones of yellow and green.

Emile A. Verpilleux was the first artist to have a colour print hung at the Royal Academy in London, and he is now widely considered to have been one of the finest colour woodcut printmakers working in Britain in the first half of the 20th century. Born Notting Hill, London, of a French father (also called Emile Antoine Verpilleux), and a Scottish mother (Edith Verpilleux, née Beard), E.A.Verpilleux junior was educated in France and at the Académie des Beaux Arts in Antwerp. He began printmaking as a wood engraver, but soon became interested in making colour woodcuts. Emile Verpilleux developed his own highly original techniques for producing a subtle gradation of colour across the various blocks used in printing his comparatively large-scale works, whilst using silhouette to give shape and force to his designs.

Vertical scratch near centre of sky area which an amateur has attempted to retouch (this has been allowed for in the price of this item), otherwise generally good original condition. Full, untrimmed sheet.