Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Original Prints: Lithographs
One of the hallmark figures of late 19th-century French graphic art, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 - 1901) first gained fame for his
lithographs and posters in the early 1890s, inspired by Bonnard's innovative posters, among others. An ardent habitué of Montmartre nightlife, from cabaret to bordello, Toulouse-Lautrec drew inspiration from all aspects of the Parisian fin de siècle, and his work chronicled its exuberance with an alert, amused, and often critical eye.
œuvre is impressive, comprising more than 350 lithographs, and
following Bonnard, Toulouse-Lautrec pioneered color lithography,
introducing brush and spatter techniques to render refined tonal values, in a
rich graphic style, characterised by bold design layouts, and a strong,
immediately visual impact. Suzanne Valadon was one of his models, and probably his mistress.
Delteil 42; Wittrock 32; Adriani 47
1893, the only known state, signed in pencil by the artist, and with
the artist's red stamp, an exceedlingly rare trial proof, unnumbered, printed
in sanguine on simili-japon, one of only two known
aside from the first and only edition of 100.
year after Toulouse-Lautrec's first lithographic posters, the artist
was renowned, and busily explored the medium conjointly with his longstanding interest in
Parisian cabaret and theater, notably producing albums such as Le Café-Concert, which staged many of the best-known artists of the period.
Between November 1893 and January 1894, he contributed regularly to the avant-garde weekly magazine L'Escarmouche,
wherein were published reproductions of his
lithographs, which were sold separately by Kleinmann in numbered
editions. Here he casts an amused eye on the audience, which stages a portly
old genteman ogling a passing prostitute.