ROGER VIEILLARD – Âge de fer, 1948
Sheet size: 660 x 500 mm
Image size: 402 x 301 mm
Edition: 11 – Signed by artist
Original engraving by Roger Vieillard. Signed, titled, and monogrammed by the artist in pencil, and marked ép. col. (collaborator's proof). A presentation copy from the artist to Mademoiselle Féquet and Monsieur Baudier, printers of the type for the portfolio Architectures, published by the artist in 1980 in an edition of just 11 copies, "à la demande d'un groupe d'amateurs". Printed on Moulin de Larroque handmade wove paper by l'atelier Georges Leblanc. This engraving is no. 184 in the catalogue raisonné by Guérin and Rault. They describe no fewer than 17 states, of which this is the definitive state. All the copies printed for Architectures seem to have been regarded as simply filling the available slots of the original edition (the entirety of the stated edition never having been actually printed), so the 9 numbered copies of this print in Architectures are apparently numbered out of the edition of 60. The 1980 edition was technically limited to 11 copies, nine numbered and two artist's proofs, though this out-of-series proof takes the total to 12, and there was presumably another presentation copy to Georges Leblanc. The title of this engraving is alternatively given as L'Âge de fer and The Age of iron. Ref: Guérin and Rault 184 (state xvii/xvii). Condition: Fine.