|Description: We offer a pencil signed etching by Marcel Gromaire from his Macbeth portfolio. The plate is 10 ¼” x 8”, signed and editioned 32/60 under the image, housed in a period frame (18 ⅞” x 16”). The Macbeth series was printed by the Imprimerie Nationale under the direction of the Teriade, in Paris. The book was published by Editions Verve, etchings printed by Raymond Haasen. Perhaps this untitled etching illustrates the murder of Banquo, the ill-fated dramatic foil to Macbeth, yet regardless of who is depicted the spirit of the play is conveyed by Gromaire’s jagged, hurried mark making. Item #PR00195.
Marcel Gromaire (1892–1971) was born Noyelles-sur-Sambre. He studied law in Paris, where he first became familiar with the artists of Montparnasse. Early on, Gromaire was influenced by such painters as Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, and, later, by Fernand Léger. Gromaire served in World War I, until being wounded in 1916. His experiences from the war strongly influenced his artistic development and his work is associated with Social Realism and Expressionism.
Condition: Not examined out of frame, the margins are lightly toned, but good condition overall.