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Artist: Toulouse-Lautrec French (1864-1901)

Item: L.2

Title: Le Theātre Libre
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.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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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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"Le Couiffeur (The Hairdresser) was commissioned by Andre Antoine for his Theatre Libre in 1893. In the deliberately restricted use of space in the composition of Le Couiffeur, together with the combination of bold simplified outline, flat carefully placed areas of colour and occasional accents of drawn 'textures' Lautrec shows his interest like that of his friends, in the style of the Japanese print. The emphasis on decorative and expressive contour is very apparent in the brush lithographs of Lautrec's earliest period. Within this stylistic concept there is, however that extraordinary ability to express the whole range of character in his model. The pouting slightly bored and ill-tempered expression in the mouth of the woman, emphasized by the touch of brilliant red on the lips, is a marvellous example of Lautrec's unique inspiration and genius with lithography" (Weston No.1 1986, 42)

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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