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Henri de
Toulouse-Lautrec

French (1864-1901)

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec came from an aristocratic background, born the son of an earl. Even as a schoolboy he showed a talent for drawing. By 14 he had suffered two horse back riding accidents, combined with a serious bone disease which eventually left him crippled for life. His body continued to grow but not his legs, he would remain only five feet tall and suffer pain and embarrassment his entire life.



At 18 Lautrec moved to Montmartre in Paris to study art . He worked with artists Louis Anquentin, Emile Bernard, Degas, Van Gogh and others. He became a frequenter of the the cafes, cabarets and brothels of the neighborhood, drawing from them inspirations for his artistic themes.



As the artist's stature grew, several magazines wanted to publish his work, including Le Rire. His subjects, as well as street life, included some of the most famous music-hall performers, with whom he became friends, such as Yvette Guilbert, La Goulue Jane Avril, May Milton, May Belfort and several others.



He became absorbed in the night life of the Montmartre until he himself was an indispensable part of it.

"His (poster) masterpieces define the limits of poster style: where Cheret epitomizes a completely external, impersonal viewpoint, Lautrec is the embodiment of internal, personal vision with a point to make, not, to be sure, a moral judgment, but rather an amused, wry observation on the passing scene.



The years of night life and excessive intake of absinthe began to take their toll, and his physical condition became very fragile. He had to be taken through the Paris World's Fair of 1900 in a wheel-chair, and the following year he died in his country home.



His legacy in poster art continues to astound us. Despite the smallness of his output (Cheret created almost 1000 posters) as compared to the rest of his artistic oeuvre, Toulouse-Lautrec proved himself a true genius of the poster, and his position in the poster pantheon has never been seriously challenged" (Wine Spectator)

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - Poster Gallery
click on each image for details and price


"Marriage is a dinner that begins with dessert." Toulouse-Lautrec

Divan Japonais
From "Maitre de l'Affiche"
PL.2 printed 1896
Sold To Request

Full size version sold
in Auction May 2012
$55,200. PAI, NY


La Revue Blanche
From "Maitre de l'Affiche"
PL.82 printed 1897
$2850.00

Full size version sold
in Auction May 2012
$31,200. PAI, NY

Jane Avril
From "Maitre de l'Affiche"
PL.110 printed 1898
$3850.00


Full size version sold
in Auction Nov 2011
$72,000. PAI, NY

Moulin Rouge
La Goulue

From "Maitre de l'Affiche"
PL.122 printed 1898
$7500.00


Full size version sold
in Auction Dec 2008
$300,000. Swann , NY



La Chaine Simpson
From "Maitre de l'Affiche"
PL.238 printed 1900
$1850.00

Full size version sold
in Auction May 2011
$55,200. PAI, NY



Aristide Bruant
From "Das Moderne Plakat"
PM.04 printed 1897
$2950.00

Full size version sold
in Auction Dec 2008
$300,000. Swann , NY

 

Lautrec's wonderful "Le Rire"
Original pages from the famous satirical weekly magazine (printed 1894-1897)



Brothers Marco
From "Le Rire"
printed 1895
$350.00



Grands Concerts
From "Le Rire"
printed 1896
$450.00


Alors...
From "Le Rire"
printed 1895
$150.00


Snobism
From "Le Rire"
printed 1896
$250.00


Folies-Bergere
From "Le Rire"
printed 1896
$550.00




Baron
From "Le Rire"
printed 1897
$150.00


Skating
From "Le Rire"
printed 1896
$450.00


Les Petits Levers
From "Le Rire"
printed 1895
$150.00

The "Elles" Collection In 1952 the renowned French printer Mourlot,
printed a gorgeous version of Lautrec's superb series "Elles" for collectors.
View all eleven of the "Elles" collection
Full set (original printing 1896) estimated at US $500,000-700,000,
Christies, N.Y. Lot 22, Oct. 2001 (edition of 100 only, very rare)



Coverture
(frontispiece for "Elles")
EL.1 printed Paris 1952
$125.00



Clownesse
(Cha-U-Kao))
EL.2 printed Paris 1952
$275.00


Devant la Glace
(looking into the mirror)
EL.8 printed Paris 1952
$175.00



Le Tub
EL.5 printed Paris 1952
$225.00
View the complete "Elles" collection


"Les Affiches de Toulouse-Lautrec"

A series of 33 lithographs. Printed by the renowned French printer,
Mourlot Freres for collectors. All of Lautrec's most famous images Printed in Paris, ca.1960.
View all 33 "Les Affiches de Toulouse-Lautrec"



Jane Avril
TL.30 printed ca.1960
$125.00



Salon des Cent

TL.28 printed ca.1960
$125.00


Napoleon
TL.20 printed ca.1960
$225.00


Bruant
TL.10 printed ca.1960
$150.00



Troupe Eglantine
TL.23 printed ca.1960
$125.00


Yvette Guilbert

TL.32 printed ca.1960
$125.00


Moulin Rouge,

La Goulue

TL.33 printed ca.1960

$225.00



Victor Joze
TL.4 printedca.1960
$125.00
View all 33 "Les Affiches de Toulouse-Lautrec"


The "Nouveau Salon des Cent" portfolio consists of
100 Original Full size Contemporary posters
created by 100 of the best graphic designers
of our time, from around the world, as a tribute to Toulouse-Lautrec
for the Centenary of his death, 1901-2001. View entire collection



Artist:
Waldemar Swierzy
$475




Artist:
Seymor Chwast
$475


Artist:
Etienne Delessert
$475


Artist:
Ott & Stein
$475
"The printing was limited to only 380" View all 100 View entire collection »

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