Laurens, Henri b. 1885 Paris, France d.1954, Paris, France


Untitled, Cover for L’Arte Cubiste, unsigned, edition of approximately 1500 published, 1929




heavy wove, 25x20cm approx.


Excellent considering that this was the dust conver for the book.

Realisation / Publication:

published by Charles Moreau, Paris, France, 1929

Reference / Literature:

see Jeanneau, G., L’ Atre Cubiste, Paris, France, 1929


Private dealer, USA. 2107


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This is one of Henri Laurens’ best known images. Difficult to believe, but true. This pochior appeared on the dust cover of the seminal work known as L’Art Cubiste, published by Charleds Moreau and written by Guillame Jeanneau, in 1929. Artists who were adhering to cubist principles at the time were asked to contribute works to illustrate the tome, and collotypes and pochoirs (stencils) were used as the painstaking method for the illustrations to accompany the text. Such was the quality the image making, headed by Daniel Jacomet, the leading practioner of the pochoir at the time, it is difficult to buy a copy of Jeanneau’s work extant. It seems that collectors and aficionados alike have taken to raiding the pages for both the black and white and coloured works. This one, a cover, is in exceptional condition considering that it was likely to have been thumbed and handled numerous times over the course of its life. The colours are rich and the design, unmistakably a study for one of Laurens’ sculptures. It is interesting to note that although he is represented in the text, Juan Gris had already been dead 2 years!