Jean Fautrier 1897-1964
P77119 Reclining Woman IVc.1942, pub. c.1960-4
Etching 155 x 274 (6 1/8 x 10 3/4) on Vélin d'Auvergne paper 320 x 478 (12 1/2 x 18 13/16); plate-mark 160 x 280 (6 1/4 x 11); printed by Jacques David, Paris and published by Michel Couturier, Paris in an edition of 50
Inscribed ‘Fautrier' b.r., ‘37/50' b.l. and ‘Femme Etendue IV 1942/3' on back top centre in another hand
Purchased from Berggruen & Cie, Paris (Grant-in-Aid) 1985
Lit: Rainer Michael Mason, Jean Fautrier: Les Estampes, Geneva l986, p.102 no.216 repr., as ‘Femme étendue IV'. Also repr: Edwin Engelberts, Jean Fautrier: Oeuvre gravé Oeuvre sculpté, Geneva 1969, no. 1942/3, as ‘Femme étendue IV'
According to Mason it is not known whether Fautrier himself titled this work although it is possible that he may have done. All that is certain is that it was given this title by the time that Engelberts published his catalogue raisonné in 1969, five years after the artist's death…