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Descente de croix (Descent from the Cross)- - 1928, Color Pochoir.
Edition not stated. Signed and dated in pencil, botom right margin.
Image size 12 x 14 inches (305 x 356 mm); sheet size 18 x 22 inches (457 x 559 mm).
A fine impression with rich, painterly colors, on cream wove paper; wide margins (3 to 4 inches), in excellent condition. With the publisher's ink stamp ÉDITIONS MOLY-SABATA, in the bottom left margin.
After the 1927 painting Descente de Croix, one of three religious themed works which Gleizes developed as peliminaries for murals at the church at Serrières, France. The project was ternimated at its final phase and Gleizes commissioned master printer Robert Pouyaud to create pochoirs of the paintings, closely overseeing the production.
The pochoir is a method of painting in 'série' wherein each color is painted through its own stencil, typically cut from a zinc plate. The method allows for great precision and rich, painterly color, but it is rarely used today because of its very time-consuming requirement.