Trocadero (a.k.a. Echafaudage; Front Populaire or The Pier) by Roger Vieillard

Trocadero (a.k.a. Echafaudage; Front Populaire or The Pier) by Roger Vieillard

Trocadero (a.k.a. Echafaudage; Front Populaire or The Pier)

Roger Vieillard

Title

Trocadero (a.k.a. Echafaudage; Front Populaire or The Pier)

 
Artist
Year
1936  
Technique
engraving 
Image Size
9 3/8 x 14 7/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
3 of 40  
Annotations
pencil titled 
Reference
Hacker 24; Austin/Desmond catalogue 101 
Paper
buff Montval laid, with watermark 
State
published 
Publisher
artist, at Atelier 17 
Inventory ID
16207 
Price
$3,500.00 
Description

This important, rare Surrealist engraving was done by Vieillard while working at Atelier 17 in Paris in the 1930s. Though not an official member of the Surrealists Vieillard knew many of them, including S. W. Hayter and was influenced by a number of their ideas.

Vieillard's work was represented in the important 1944 exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York titled Hayter and Studio 17 which included 60 prints by 32 artists from 12 nations.

In this image, a single figure stands on the concert hall during its demolition. The Eiffel Tower rises out of the clouds in the distance. In 1937 the concert hall was replaced by the Palais de Chaillot.

The Palais du Trocadero was built in Paris in 1878 to commemorate the 1823 battle in which France helped restore the throne to King Ferdinand VII of Spain.