Full size (printed in 1896) sold for $ 24,900 US, Sotheby's, N.Y.
Lot 140, March 2001.
"Several examples are known where Lautrec drew on work by other
artists whom he admired. In this poster there are clear references
to Adolphe Willette's humorous
themes and rococo style of illustration style of illustration. Willette
was the founder and illustrator of the short-lived monthly 'La Vache
Enragee' (the angry cow) edited
by the cartoonist Adolphe Roedel.
This coloured poster of the same title was commissioned for the
appearance of the magazine March 1896. As a reference to the wretched
financial state of most artists, the term 'manger de la vache enragee'
(meaning roughly, 'meaning not having enough to eat') was adopted
as the motto for the 'Vachalcade' which was held on Montmarte annually
from 1896. This was an artists' procession, with fanfares and allegories
on fame and the muses; it also included a furious cow and a troupe
of pretty girls as a satire on Europa with the bull. The event was
organized by Roedel"
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.