Artist: Toulouse-Lautrec French (1864-1901)
Title: Babylone d'Allemagne
Plate: TL. 13
Lithograph from "Les Affiches de Toulouse-Lautrec" series.
Printed by Mourlot Freres, Paris, 1967.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via FedEx.
Certificate of Authenticity.
Sheet Size: 10 1/2 in x 14 1/2 in 27 cm x 37 cm
Full size (printed in 1894, version with text) sold for $ 32,200 US, Poster Auctions International, N.Y. Lot 522, Nov. 1997.
"Victor Joze's (lautrec's friend) Babylone d'Allemagne is a series of satirical accounts of corruption and debauchery in Germany. It's title (not shown in this version before text) is an insulting reference to Berlin (the German Babylon)" (San Diego Museum of Art)
"Lautrec's poster focused the spectator's attention an the hindquarters of four horses, the largest of which was also being closely observed by a caricature of the Kaiser standing in a guardbox. The implications of this, along with the book's title, (not shown in this version) provoked a protest from the German ambassador to France and nearly caused an international incident...Lautrec refused to stop distribution of the poster, and as he had paid for it, the publisher was not able to stop the distribution himself. (Thereafter), according to art dealer Edmond Sagot, the value of Henry's work quadrupled"(Frey, p.398)
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.