This Lautrec lithograph is "Extremely Rare" with only 25 ever printed, with 14 currently in Museum collections, including:
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.,
The Metropolitian Museum, New York,
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
Title translation: "Yahne in her dressing room"
Referring to Léonie Yahne (French Actress 1867-1950) in her dressing room, preparing for her role in "L'Age Difficile" by Jules Lemaître (1853-1914) at the Théâtre du Gymnase in Paris.
Léonie Yahne ca.1900
by L.E. Reutlinger (1863-1937)
Léonie Yahne, was born on August 8, 1867 in Versailles and died on April 26, 1950 in Paris, and is a famous French actress of the Belle Époque who is known today by the work of Toulouse-Lautrec. In an 1899 newspaper article, she is described as one of the most beautiful and famous Parisian actresses.
"Léonie Yahne was a French comedic actress on the Paris stage for most of her career, which lasted from about 1884 to 1917. Her stage roles included Lucienne in Monsieur l'Abbé (1891), Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac (1900), opposite Benoît-Constant Coquelin, the title part in Catulle Mendès's La Reine Fiammette (1898), Huguette in Famille (1901). and Adinolfa in Impressions d'Afrique (1912). In 1895, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec drew her in L'Age Difficile. She also appeared in at least one silent film short, Le duel de Max (1913) with Max Linder.
Léonie Yahne ca.1910
Photo by L.E. Reutlinger (1863-1937)
In 1911 she won a lawsuit against another Parisian actress calling herself "Yane", preventing the other woman from using a stage name that so closely resembled her own.
An English magazine referred to Yahne as "a favorite in society, an expert with foils, a passionate horsewoman, and a terror of France in her automobile. She died in Paris in 1950, aged 82 years." (peoplepill.com)