Monsieur D. lisant
signed and dated 'Jacques Villon 1913' (lower right)
pencil on paper
22 x 16 in. (55.9 x 40.6 cm.)
Drawn in 1913
Artist or Maker
Jacques Villon (1875-1963)
The Art Institute of Chicago, Graphic Modernism, Selections from the Francey and Dr. Martin L. Gecht Collection, November 2003-January 2004, p. 152, no. 124 (illustrated in color).
James Goodman Gallery, Inc., New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
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Monsieur D. is Villon's father, Eugène Duchamp, who made a prosperous living for himself and his family as a town notary. The artist painted and drew him on several occasions, and his brother, Marcel Duchamp, portrayed him once (see Schwarz, no. 191). Villon also executed an oil painting, dated 1913, which he based on the cubist configuration seen in this drawing and the related drypoint in the following lot, and composed in an oval format.