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Artist: Toulouse-Lautrec French (1864-1901)

Item: L.1

Title: L'Argent
Description: Cond. A, Original lithograph from Les Menues et Programmes, one of 1000 copies printed.
Published by G. Boudet in Paris, 1898.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
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Sheet Size:9 in x 12 in
 23 cm x 30.5 cm
Price: temporarily out of stock

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"Un Monsieur et une Dame (A Gentleman and a Lady) was drawn by Lautrec as a special programme for the Play L'Argent at the Theâtre Libre in 1895. The figures are the actress Arguillere and the actor Henriot. This is the rarest of the three colour lithographs that Lautrec made for the Theâtre Libre. In the use of flat stylized areas of colour and the expressive outline, as well as the extension of the composition beyond the picture area, it reveals the extend of the influence of Japanese prints on the early period of Lautrec's lithography. Like the Nabis artists, Lautrec had been greatly excited by the Japanese Ukiyo-e prints which had increasingly been exhibited in Paris since the Exposition Universelle. Here the strong diagonal movement, the daring contrasts of scale, the intersection of the flat colour and the splatter or chalk-work show the inspiration of Japonisme" (Weston No.5 1996,45)

This version is from "Les Menus and Programmes," a collection of theatrical menus, invitations and programmes that included 20 colour plates from Lautrec and other artists. Printed in 1898 in a limited format of 1000 copies, this is from No. 856. Rare.

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