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Sidewall, Le Marin [The Sailor]

This is a sidewall. It was made by André Groult. It is dated 1925–30 and we acquired it in 1930. Its medium is block-printed on paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

This design is printed in a two column format, with a view of a soldier standing next to a keg or barrel, in front of a tall ship alternating with the silhouette of a woman wearing a grass skirt, carrying a container on her head. The two views are enframed by lush tropical foliage and coconut palm trees.
Laboureur was a painter, draftsman, illustrator and printmaker. He attended the Académie Julian in Paris in 1896 and studied printmaking. Around 1912 he became influenced by cubism which made a significant change in his artistic style. He had his first major exhibition at Gallery André Groult in Paris and later that same year enlisted in the British Army. Laboureur made a series of prints expressing his views of the war, and this theme reappears in some of his later works.

It is credited Gift of Frankl Galleries.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 43.8 x 47 cm (17 1/4 x 18 1/2 in.)

It is inscribed

Verso: "Frankl Galleries / 4--1--1S / $9.00" Near bottom edge: "Andre Groult A Paris / 1930-11-1E / 13 0"

Cite this object as

Sidewall, Le Marin [The Sailor]; Made by André Groult (French, 1884–1967); France; block-printed on paper; H x W: 43.8 x 47 cm (17 1/4 x 18 1/2 in.); Gift of Frankl Galleries; 1930-11-1-e

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Hewitt Sisters Collect.

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