Profils Parisiens (original French title)
Etching and aquatint printed on Legrand & Pellet laid paper.
References: Exsteens 152, BN-IFF 88, Arwas 173.
Edition of 53 in the final state.
Signed and numbered “n° 39” in pencil.
This subject is one of the artist's most famous. Not only are this profiles arresting, they are also ambiguous in modern way. While the outrageous hats suggest we are looking at women, everything about these Parisian profiles seems masculine. Are they cross-dressers, sex-workers, actors, all of the above? Your guess is as good as mine.