Head of Christ by Jean Charlot

Head of Christ by Jean Charlot

Head of Christ

Jean Charlot

Title

Head of Christ

 
Artist

Jean Charlot

  1898 - 1979 (biography)
Year
1916  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
4 1/2 x 4" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
15 (26 various proofs recorded) 
Annotations
dedicated, ink: "for Dorothy/Happy Christmas 1929" 
Reference
Morse1; from the collection of Dorothy Rhoads 
Paper
cream laid 
State
proof 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
9763 
Price
$2,000.00 
Description

This is Jean Charlot's rare first print, done in France when he was 18 years old. He wrote:

"I wanted to make a repeated image that could be sold...This was probably the first thing of mine put up for sale, even though it didn't sell.

I was one of a group of young Catholic artists - 'La Gildel Notre Dame' - in Paris before I went into military service. Maurice Denis was our 'elder statesman'. I aquired a roller and rolled the watercolors on my block."

Charlot brought this skill to Mexico in 1922 when he set up his printmaking workshop in Coyoacan and began to teach woodcut. This impression was from the collection of friend and author Dorothy Rhoads.