|Title: Le Theātre Libre|
Cond. A, Original lithograph from Les
Menues et Programmes, one of 1000 copies printed. |
Published by G.Boudet in
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|
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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.