Artist: Toulouse-Lautrec French (1864-1901)
Title: Le Matin/ Au Pied de l'Echafaud
Plate: TL. 9
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
"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.