French (1877 – 1943)

“Le Bal Bullier”, 1898

Laboureur 579. Woodcut on laid Arches paper, full margins. Edition of 61. Signed, titled, dated, and numbered 30/60 ep in pencil.

8 3/4 x 11 3/8 inches  |  22.2 x 28.9 cm

This woodcut is all about celebration. “Le Bal Bullier”, 1898 by Jean-Emile Laboureur depicts graduation festivities for French students of medicine who became interns after successfully passing their written exams.  A bold, black impression, without the streak characteristic of impressions printed later in the edition. This depiction of university students at the Bullier Ballroom is arguably Laboureur’s most outstanding early print.