Full size (printed in 1894) sold for $ 41,000 US, Sotheby's, N.Y.
Lot 91, March 2001.
"The photographer Paul Sescau was one of Lautrec's drinking
companions. His reputation among his friends was that of a lady's
man, and he was commonly supposed to entice women into his studio
for photographic purposes then seduce them.
Here, Sescau's intended model seems to race out of the picture
frame, cropped on three sides as she flees his scrutiny. A marvelously
nervous creature, dressed for a masked ball in a fluttery domino
and mask, perhaps she was posing in her costume until realizing
the photographer's amorous intentions behind his camera cloth. Her
lorgnette indicates that she has inspected the situation, and the
pattern of question marks on her costume suggests her state of confusion
This is Lautrec at his best, naughty but wry, economic, and absolutely
intrepid in exploiting compositional inconsistencies" (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.