Full size (variation before text) sold for
$ 41,400 US Poster Auctions International, N.Y. May 2000.
"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"
"Many people feel this poster is Toulouse-Lautrec's strongest
individual work" (Frey
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.