Full size (printed in 1896, version with text) sold for $ 31,800 US,
Sotheby's, N.Y. Lot 61, March 2001.
"The Modern Artisan, was a line of luxury goods, including
ceramics, jewelry, lampshades, and other objects of interior decoration,
created by the designer Andre Marty...Lautrec show an artisan (the
medallist Henri Nocq) standing ready to serve his client in any
way she desires. The farcical scene is based on the old theme of
the doctor's visit. Found in 17th century prints and paintings,
and revived in 18th century French art, this mildly erotic setup
features bedridden young ladies visited by lecherous doctors. Almost
invariably a maid and little dog provide reactions that give away
their mistress's malady as lovesickness, while the doctor treats
his patient in a variety of titillating ways.
Lautrec parodies 18th century art in the rucoco style of the poster,
but has replaced the traditional doctor with the modern craftsman
whose worker's smock, hammer, and tool kit are variants on medical
accoutrements. The stock characters of surprised maid and lap dog
reveal what he is about to fix, and the wallpaper pattern of curvilinear
exclamation marks both punctuates the joke and burlesques Art Nouveau
decoration" (San Diego Museum of Art)
During the 1960s the renowned French printer, Mourlot Freres, printed
this superb series "Les Affiches de Toulouse-Lautrec"
for collectors. They are reduced lithographic versions of Lautrec's
most famous works. They are truly the most beautiful printing we
have been able to find in this size format.
As vintage printings of Lautrec's work, in all formats, reach high
prices, this mid-century printing offers a superb alternative at
a reasonable price that will only appreciate in value.