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Print - Rosemunde
  • Rosemunde
    Marcoussis, Louis, born 1878 - died 1941
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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1934 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Marcoussis, Louis, born 1878 - died 1941 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    printer's ink, paper, etching

  • Credit Line:

    Acquired from Obelisk Gallery, London in 1968

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 73

Louis Marcoussis (1878-1941) was affiliated with the Cubist movement, but like many of his peers worked in a style that moved freely between Cubism and Surrealism. He was a close friend of the poet Guillaume Apollinaire, who was, as Apollinaire's biographer Oliver Bernard points out, 'the first writer to understand what the Cubists were up to'. His illustrations of Apollinaire's collected works, Alcools, were made after Apollinaire's death, a tribute to the memory of his friend. This image illustrates a silent farewell to a beautiful woman, whom the poet never met, but followed through the streets for two hours until she disappeared into a house.

Physical description

Etching print on paper

Place of Origin

Paris (printed)


1934 (printed)


Marcoussis, Louis, born 1878 - died 1941 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

printer's ink, paper, etching


Height: 15.5 cm plate, Width: 9.7 cm plate, Height: 19.2 cm sheet, Width: 12.8 cm sheet

Descriptive line

By Louis Marcoussis: 'Rosemunde', plate 21 of 34 illustrations for 'Alcool', the collected poems of Guillaume Apollinaire. Etching, 1934

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Solange Milet: Louis Marcoussis: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre gravé. Forlaget Cordelia, Copenhagen, 1991.
Timmers, Margaret (ed), Impressions of the Twentieth Century: Fine Art Prints from the V&A's Collection, London, V&A Publications, 2001
Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1968

Production Note

The suite was printed by the artist on the press of the Académie Moderne, Paris, but was not published.

Attribution note: the number of the print within the suite, 21, is printed in letterpress beneath the image.


Ink; Paper; Printer's ink


Etching; Letterpress; Etching

Subjects depicted

Parting; Love; Desire; Hand, a


Prints; Prints

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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