This sheets is a part of an eleven-print series, called Images de l’arrière (Pictures from behind the Front). The series depicts the life of soldiers of all ranks during their time off duty.
For much of his life Laboureur worked as a printmaker, illustrator, and teacher in Paris. He abandoned woodblock printing in the early 1910s in favor of etching. For the war series, he returned to the woodblock, as did Vallotton (on view nearby). By 1912 Laboureur was incorporating Cubist approaches into his work, which are still present in the flattened surface and the abstracted yet expressive figures in Images de l’arrière. He was mobilized in 1914, and, despite his service, continued to be artistically productive.
painting; woodcut; French; soldiers; black and white; houses; figures; men; shape; narrative; symbolism; abstract; urban
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