A Woman in a Hat Shop (Devanture de modiste).
Watercolor, heightened with gouache, ink, gray wash on green paper; 1912. Annotated:
J.E. Laboureur, l étalage de la modiste Paris 1912//aquarelle provenant de l atelier de l artiste Suzanne Laboureur octobre 1987.
Exhibited: Nantes, December 1966 – January 1967; Nantes, July – October 1977.
Published: Sylvain Laboureur, Catalogue complet de l oeuvre de Jean-Emile Laboureur, Neuchâtel, Ides & Calendes, 1991, vol. III-IV, page 207, no. 282, illustrated.
Laboureur was a painter, printmaker and draftsman whose images of daily life in France from the beginning of the 20th century until World War II defined the grace and elegance of French culture. At the core of his art lies a sense of wit in the use of line itself.
Laboureur began to exhibit in Paris in 1896, at the relatively young age of 19. He had studied with the painter and printmaker Auguste Lepère who was himself a considerable force in the revival of the woodcut in France.