"4/6" lower center colophon, pencil, artist's hand.
The editioned series of portfolios, "Les Arbres" (1-6), is not a traditional edition in that each portfolio is unique. Varying compositions, hand additions, and sheet sizes occur throughout the portfolios. Portfolio (1) includes 10 compositions, while Portfolios (2-6) each contain 8 compositions.
Included in all 6 portfolios are 5 specific drypoint compositions that appear in the same order. However, the states of these compositions, and their hand additions, vary.
Portfolio (1) is different from all the others in the series, not only because it includes 10 compositions, but also because 5 of the 10 compositions are drawings. The drypoints are the same 5 compositions noted above as being in every portfolio; the drawings are new compositions entirely.
Portfolios (2-6) each contain 3 drypoint compositions on fabric, in addition to the 5 drypoint compositions noted above. The drypoint compositions on fabric vary from portfolio to portfolio.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state I in drypoint: tree shaded; distress marks made overall; vertical line added in trunk; fork of center branch reinforced. Additions in red watercolor: shading, anticipating state V. Additions in black ink: tree partially reinforced, anticipating state IV.
Compositions on paper are set into the portfolio pages with Gampi paper mounting corners, as can be seen here. Compositions on fabric are sewn to the pages of the bound "Les Arbres" portfolios.
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