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 ¾ x 11 ⅜ 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.

Museum Collections:
The British Museum
Van Gogh Museum