Henri de Toulouse:
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa, an aristocrat by birth
was born in Albi in 1864. He broke both legs when he was a child, which
left him permanently deformed. After a life of enormous productivity and
extreme debauchery in Paris, he suffered a complete mental and physical
collapse and died at the age of thirty seven.
A painter and lithographer, Lautrec is best known for his
studies of music halls, circuses, and the low-life of Paris. His art shows
the influence of Degas and the Japanese prints but has a biting, satiric
quality quite its own. Lautrec was prolific as a painter, poster artist,
In the 1890's Lautrec captivated Paris with his striking
poster designs. His bold handling of compositions, particularly in posters,
in which the subject often appeared in three-quarter profile, created
an entirely new sense of dimension and depth, from the work of his predecessors.
Color and line are dynamic; and his studies in motion seize the most characteristic
movement of the moment. Posters such as the Moulin Rouge, and
characterizations of Jane Avril, Yvette Guilbert, and Ariside Bruant have
become world known. Toulouse-Lautrec is represented in most major museums
in France and the United States.
In the late 19th century the posters of Toulouse-Lautrec
were created for advertising purposes. Printed on thin fragile paper,
they were pasted on walls, fences, and the well known French kiosks, comparable
to our American billboards. Announcements were often pasted on top of
each other. It is amazing that some original examples, in fair, and sometimes
mint condition, still survive. When first prized, these posters sold for
$50. Today the same posters sell for many thousands of dollars.
Toulouse-Lautrec. Poster Classics. Generally master
art works, such as the Toulouse-Lautrec posters shown in this composite,
are photomechanically reproduced in unlimited quantity to make the
art they copy available to large audiences. The poster recreations
in this composite, displayed below, are different. They are limited
edition lithographs, drawn by a chromist, on zinc plates and lithographic
stones. Although not the original posters of the late 19th Century,
these are the only Lautrec poster images authenticated by the Lautrec
Museum in Albi France. These perfect replicas, slightly reduced
in dimensions from the original posters, have accurate and vibrant
color and drawing true to the images created by Lautrec. Each piece
is printed on Rives BFK 100% rag paper and bears the seal, or cachet,
of the Museum. Respected as original fine quality authenticated
lithograph posters, these images represent the best art produced
in the period. Close-Up
us to see: Elles, Jane Avril, La Chain
Simpson, May Milton, Salon De Cent, and Troupe De Mille. Eglantine.
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Toulouse-Lautrec. Divan Japonais. Lithograph.
Limited Edition 1895 Replica Poster. The paper size is 31"x
34". This piece was acquired in 1985. Originally executed in
1893, this poster was designed to accompany the opening of a cafe
concert (The Divan Japonais) in the rue des Martyrs. The print depicts
Jane Avril, a model, seated at the edge of the orchestra pit which
was used as the bar. She is made up in the Japonais fashion, her
face thick with pancake makeup. The chanteuse, whose head has been
left out of the picture, is Yvette Guilbert, identifiable by the
long black gloves, a standard part of her costume. Despite the success
of the poster, which some consider one of Lautrec's most successful,
the cafe-concert closed shortly after it opened. Color is brilliant
and the texture of the piece is lush. For more information on this
recreation please see the paragraphs above. The artwork, full surface
and texture, is in pristine condition. Close-Up
Toulouse-de Lautrec. May Belfort. Lithograph.
Limited Edition 1895 Replica Poster. The paper size is 31" x 23
1/2" . This piece was acquired in 1985. Lautrec was fascinated with
the ladies of the stage. However, few posters, if any, rival the
brilliance of those of May Belfort. In this poster Belfort, a Montmartre
chanteuse, is holding a small black kitten whose bright eyes stare
out over the footlights into the audience. This cat also appears
in a series of four other prints executed by Lautrec. This kitten
was to Belfort what long black gloves were to others stars, such
as Lautrec's favorite Yvette Guilbert. Color is brilliant, and the
texture of the piece is lush. For more information on this recreation
please see the paragraphs above. The artwork, full surface and texture,
is in pristine condition. Close-Up
Toulouse-de Lautrec. La Revue Blanche. Lithograph.
Limited Edition 1895 Replica Poster. The paper size is 37" x 27
1/2" . This piece was acquired in 1985. Originally executed in 1895,
this work reflects Bonnard's influence on Lautrec's sense of graphic
design. The figure is strongly reminiscent of Bonnard's La Petite
Blanchissuese and Femme au Parpluie. The figure in
this poster is Missia, wife of one of the directors of La Revue
Blanche. Color is brilliant and the texture of the piece is lush.
For more information on this recreation please see the paragraphs
above. The artwork, full surface and texture, is in pristine condition.
us to see other available Lautrec Museum de Albi certified
replicas including: Elles, Jane Avril, La Chain Simpson, May Milton,
Salon De Cent, and Troupe De Mille. Eglantine.
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locate any original 19th Century Poster Classic.