Lautrec executed this painting on paper as a design for a poster in
1894 which was never used.
"Of all the music hall performers who inspired Lautrec, Yvette
Guilbert exerted by far the greatest hold over him. He was completely
fascinated by the style and atmosphere of her act. Lautrec first
saw her in about 1892, she had revolutionized the whole atmosphere
of the cafe concert by a totally new approach to the performance
of a song. Standing almost still except for gestures of her long
thin arms in black gloves, which she almost invariably wore, her
face almost expressionless except for the twist of her lips, she
sang songs with highly scandalous words and themes. The Paris audience
was captivating and none more than Lautrec. He found the whole atmosphere
of her act and personality magnetic. Over the years they became
well known to each other and she inspired some of his finest lithographs,
drawings and paintings" (Weston
No.5 1989 89)
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.