Same version sold for $ 31,200 US
Poster Auctions International, N.Y. May 2012.
"Many people feel this poster is
Toulouse-Lautrec's strongest individual work"
“This official poster for La Revue Blanche is considered by many to be Lautrec’s strongest individual work. In it, using a combination of economical line and implied movement, large flat areas of color and carefully observed detail, he shows Misia Natanson [wife of the magazine’s editor, Thadée Natanson] ice-skating at the Palais de Glace, an ice rink opened at the Rond-Point des Champs Elysees by Jules Roques in 1894. The entire poster is like a little joke, as if Lautrec were amusing himself by proving that he could show an ice-skater without ever showing her skates (Frey, p. 408).
Skating at the Palais de Glace
"This design advertised the fortnightly 'La Revue Blanche'
avant-garde artistic and literary periodical that was founded in Belgium in 1889
by the Natanson brothers and moved to Paris when they did. There, they were among
the first to recognize Toulouse-Lautrec's unconventional genius, and freely published
his drawings in the magazine. They also became friends socially, and the artist
became a frequent participant in the intimate gatherings at the home of one of
the brothers, Thadee Natanson, whose wife Misa enjoyed the company of stimulating
intellectuals, artists, and writers. It is Misa we see in this poster, and her
rather unusual stance is explained by the fact that she is actually on skates.
As one of the movers and shakers among the literary set, Misia was the most emancipated
women of her generation. Toulouse-Lautrec, who could be mercilessly scathing,
pays her homage with an entirely sympathetic portrayal" (Gold
La Revue Blanche magazine
The Review Blanche was a French art and literary magazine run between 1889 and 1903. Some of the greatest writers and artists of the time were its collaborators. Founded in Liège in 1889 and run by the Natanson brothers (Alexander, Thaddeus and Louis-Alfred, aka "Alfred Athis"). In 1891, the magazine moved to Paris where it rivaled the Mercure de France, hence its name, which served mark the difference with the Mercure's purple cover. During the early years the magazine was associated with Marcel Proust.Thaddeus's wife, Misia, participated in the launch of the magazine and served as a model for some covers. The critics Lucien Muhlfeld and Félix Fénéon from 1896 to 1903 served as secretaries, as well as Léon Blum himself. The journal served as a representative for the cultural and artistic intelligentsia of the time. The Revue blanchedisappeared in 1903 after 237 issues.