"This poster advertised the serialization in the magazine 'Le
Matin' of the memoirs of Abbe Faure, entitled 'At the foot of the
Gallows' (Au Pied de l'Echafaud). He was a chaplain at the prison
of La Roquette and witnessed thirty-eight executions. One of Lautrec's
rare nods to social realism, the posters stark composition and blood
red & black colour scheme underscore its grisly subject. The abbot's
narrative is actually banal and repetitive, but Lautrec transforms
it into riveting drama. With an eye to the sensational, he places
the viewpoint in the lower left corner, exactly at the guillotine's
lever, allowing the spectator to look up at the blade, across the
neck notch and down into a basket opened to catch the severed head"
(San Diego Museum of Art)
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.