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Jean-Louis Forain (1852-1931): Drawings

Forain / Forain Drawings

Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Prints and Drawings: Prints by Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque, Charles Camoin, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cezanne, Henri Edmond Cross, Edgar Degas, Sonia Delaunay, Maurice Denis, André Derain, Susanne Duchamp, Raoul Dufy,
Jean-Louis Forain, Paul Gauguin, Marie Laurencin, Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Berthé Morisot, Pablo Picasso,
Pierre Auguste Renoir, Georges Rouault, Ker Xavier Roussel, Paul Signac, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Suzanne Valadon,
Maurice de Vlaminck, James A. McNeill Whistler, and others.

Drawings by Albert Besnard, Andre Barbier, Henri Edmond Cross, Jean-Louis Forain, Eva Gonzales, Marie Laurencin,
Maximilien Luce, and Georges Rouault.

Hand-colored prints by Mary Cassatt, Marc Chagall, Sonja Delaunay, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso.

Impressionist Portraits

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A participant in the Impressionist exhibitions of 1879, 1880, 1881, and 1886 and a close friend of Manet and Degas, Forain was considered one of the most important artists of the first few decades of the twentieth century, frequently compared to Rembrandt for his emotional power as an etcher. His drawings were regularly reproduced just as Daumier's had been in the mid-19th century, but Forain's not only ridiculed follies but sympathisize with the poor and the unfortunate. He was one of Ambroise Vollard's stable of artists (along with Renoir, Rouault, Chagall, Dufy, and many others), and the works included in our exhibition—four lithographic figure studies—were commissioned by Vollard for a portfolio of nudes by his artists (including Renoir and Cezanne) that, like many of his other projects, never materialized. We are also including seven drawings acquired since our last exhibition.

Select bibliography: Yves Brayer & Alicia Faxon, Jean-Louis Forain: Artist, Realist, Humanist (Washington, D.C.: International Exhibitions Foundation, 1982); Jean-François Bory, Forain (Editions Henri Veyrier, 1979); Lilian Browse, Forain. The Painter. 1852-1931 (London: Paul Elek, 1978); Campbell Dodgson, Forain: Draughtsman, Lithographer, Etcher (NY: M. Knoedler / Merrymount Press, 1936); Alicia Faxon and Sinclair Hitchings, Jean-Louis Forain, 1852-1931: Works from New England Collections (Framingham, MA: Danforth Museum, 1979); Alicia Faxon, Jean-Louis Forain: Artist, Realist, Humanist (Baltimore: Garamonde/Pridemark Press for theInternational Exhibitions Foundation, 1982), Marcel Guerin, J. L. Forain Lithographe. Catalogue Raisonne of the Lithographic Work (1910; rpt. San Francisco: Alan Wofsy, 1980); Marcel Guerin, J-L Forain Aquafortiste. Catalogue Raisonne of the Engraved Work (1912; rpt. San Francisco: Alan Wofsy, 1980); Charles Kunstler, Forain (Rieder, Maîtres de l'Art Moderne, 1931), Theodore Reff and Florence Valdes. Jean-Louis Forain: The Impressionist Years (London: The Dixon Gallery and Gardens Collection, 1995);  Malcolm Salaman, Modern Masters of Etching 4: J. L. Forain (London: The Studio, 1925); Maurice Talnmeyr, Album Forain (Paris: Librairie Plon, circa 1900; a collection of satirical drawings with captions); Léandre Viallat, En écoutant Forain (Paris: Editions Flammarion, 1931).
Study of soldiers. Original ink and crayon drawing, c. 1898-1902. On laid paper, signed "Forain" in crayon, lower right. A soldier stands guard duty; behind him and looming over him, a sketch for an officer, hands clasped behind his back, head down, moves rapidly. Some foxing, remains of old brown paper tape on verso. Image size: 300x445mm. Price: $3500.
Untitiled. Original ink and crayon drawing, c. 1898-1902. On wove paper watermarked "Chapron Coquelin Paris." A large, prosperous-looking man holding a walking stick like a rifle, strides away from a soldier wearing a medal and missing one leg, his outretched hand extends hopelessly towards the back of the other. Soiled at the right edge away from the image.. Image size: 255x380mm. Price: $2600.
An encounter. Original ink drawing, c. 1898-1902. Done on cream wove paper watermarked "J-L Forain." Two men, one angry, the other raising his hands as if to fend the first one off, are the focus of this piece. One, determined and intense, moves towards the other, who is backed up against a wall. There is an unfinished sketch on the reverse. Image size: 253x368mm. Price: $2600.
Unfinished sketch on the verso of "An encounter" (above). Original ink drawing, c. 1898-1902. Done on cream wove paper watermarked "J-L Forain." Image size: 253x368mm. Price: free with purchase of the drawing above.
Etude de deux femmes et un avocat. Original pencil drawing, c. 1898-1902. Done on tan wove paper, these two women (mother and child? prostitutes?) wait apprehensively, the older trying to confort the younger while herself visibly tense) while a lawyer looms above them. This is a study for Forain's original lithograph, "La Peroration" (Faxon 287). Forain was one of the first people Picasso wanted to meet when he arrived in Paris. Initialed lower right. Image size: 320x215mm. Price: $3500.
Untitled. Original ink drawing, c. 1898-1902. Done on cream wove paper watermarked "Forain," one man pleads before another. Both wear top hats, buit the one on his knees, has clearly seen better days. The other, hands behind his back, seems unlikely to respond. Image size: 266x200mm. Price: $2000.
Untitled. Original crayon drawing touched up with ink, c. 1898-1902. Done on cream wove paper. A well-dressed man stands looking over his shoulder at a large table draped with a cloth but otherwise empty. Some foxing. Image size: 240x283mm. Price: $2000.
Untitled. Original crayon drawing touched up with ink, c. 1898-1902. Done on cream wove paper. In a bare room a man, perhaps a prisonoer, in loose clothes stands looking out of a high window, both hands resting on the sill. Some browning at the edges. Image size: 315x390mm. Price: $2000.

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