Full size (printed in 1896) sold for $ 41,400
US Poster Auctions International, N.Y. May 2005.
"In her recent excellent biography of Lautrec, Julia Frey
indicates that 'Henry, the frustrated athlete, was compulsively
familiar with the vocabulary and technical aspects of a variety
of sports in which he could participate as a spectator: horse and
bicycle racing, wrestling, yachting, bullfighting. He watched them
all with the same intensity that he watched a line of dancers or
a circus bareback rider, attracted by the beauty of movement, but
also by the smells, sounds and excitement of the spectacle (Frey,
p.353) His 'insider' knowledge of the cycling field shows up
abundantly in this poster for the French agent of the Simpson bicycle
chain company. In the foreground is the champion cyclist Constant
Huret. In the background are Tristan Bernard, the sports impresario
who was a close friend of Lautrec, with Louis Bougle, the French
agent who adopted the name 'Spoke.' A touch of levity is added by
what appears to be a 'bicycle-built-for-ten' in the upper-left corner,
in fact it's two five-seaters, known at the time as 'quints.'"(Rennert,
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.