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This original James Coignard framed colour carborundum etching with hand coloring is entitled “Profil A. B. S..” and is signed in pencil by the artist on the front lower right “J. Coignard”. It is also numbered on the lower left “15/45”, from the total limited edition of only 45 impressions. It is in excellent condition, measures 18" x 21" = 45 x 53 cm (sheet) and is beautifully framed. Total
22" x 25" = 56 x 64 cm.
Total weight 3 kg.
Born in Tours in 1925, James Coignard moved to Paris with his parents at the age of three. Even as a child he had an insatiable appetite for drawing and painting. In 1948, at 23 years old, he made up his mind to become an artist and enrolled at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Nice. The following year he and his fellow artist, Marchand des Raux, staged a joint exhibition at the Musée de l'Ile de France in St Jean Cap Ferrat. Around the same time, Coignard came into contact with the great Henri Matisse and was influenced by his work for a while before he began to seek his own way forward. Not long afterward Coignard discovered the modernists’ handling of color via the techniques of Georges Braque and Marc Chagall. His contact in the late 1950s with a number of Spanish artists and his special fascination for Catalan sculptures and frescoes proved decisive for his artistic development. Coignard’s first Paris exhibition came in 1960. Since then he has exhibited in numerous galleries and museums and is well represented in both private and public collections that include the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, California. In the late 1960s, Coignard produced his first etchings in the gravure au carborundum technique. Earlier in the same decade, he had also begun to create sculptures in bronze and glass, which he continued to produce parallel with his paintings and graphic work.