Full size (printed in1892) sold for $ 170,750 US Sotheby's, N.Y. Lot
44, March 2001.
"The Montmartre chansonnier turned restaurateur, ARISTIDE
BRUANT, was a strong, imposing personality, and in the several posters
of him Toulouse-Lautrec conveys this by letting him dominate the
picture completely, with virtually nothing else to distract our
attention, and with Bruant's characteristic red scarf, hat and walking
stick adding impact to the image...this design was seen by Bruant
as a masterpiece, but the manager of the Ambassadeurs rejected it
as too brutally frank and unflattering; the only way the performer
could get it accepted was by warning the manager that he would not
appear on stage unless there was a copy on either side of the proscenium,
and unless the whole of Paris was plastered with further copies"(Wine
Spectator 46) The singer used the poster, with the image reversed,
to advertise his appearance at the Eldorado.
"One of the most imposing poster images of all time. The singer
dominates the poster with as much authority as he commanded on stage.
The thrust and power are achieved by fine draftsmanship, excellent
colours and bold composition"(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.