EDOUARD CHIMOT – A fleur de peau, 1913
Sheet size: 260 x 195 mm
Image size: 175 x 155 mm
Edition: 170 – Unsigned
Original etching with aquatint by Édouard Chimot. Printed by Eugène Delâtre on vélin à la forme (hand-made wove paper). This was created for Chimot's first book, Les Après-Midi de Montmartre, written by René Baudu. This collaboration between artist and writer dates to 1913, but was not published until 1919 due to the intervention of the Great War. The fourteen etchings (of which four are in-texte and ten hors-texte) are the only evidence of Chimot's pre-war style, before the flowering of Art Deco. Les Après-Midi de Montmartre was published at the expense of the authors in an edition of 170 copies. The first 20 copies had a separate suite of the etchings in colour. Of the 170 black-and-white copies, 5 were printed on Japon Ancien, 5 on Chine, 10 on Japon Impérial, 100 on vélin à la forme (as this), and 50 on Hollande. Our etchings come from copy 57/170. They are in excellent condition, with the titles very faintly legible beneath the images; these were not printed on the page, but have off-set from the tissue guards, luckily the correct way round. Apart from the frontispiece, which was signed in pencil, they are generally unsigned (unlike Chimot's subsequent practice, which was to always sign in the plate). Condition: Excellent.