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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
"Femme au Tub" from "Elles" by Toulouse-Lautrec

1896

About the Item

TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, HENRI DE (1864-1901) "FEMME AU TUB" (Woman with Tub) From the series, “Elles”, c. 1896 Wittrock 159, Adhemar 204 From the edition of 100; per Wittrock Original color crayon brush and splatter lithograph, five colors, printed on wove paper Printed without margins to deckled edge of paper Bearing Artist’s Monogram Stamp Image size: 15 3/4” x 20 1/2” The most sought after from the “Elles” series. This particular title is included in 26 public and private collections. Created in 1896, Femme au tub is a magnificent study of a woman preparing her bath. In a dressing gown with her hair pulled back, this delicate, slender woman carefully pours water into a shallow bathing pan. Protected by the privacy of an elegant room furnished with a marble bust, Japanese fan, ornate fireplace and sensual artwork, it is likely this woman is one of the many “professional” women Lautrec documented in the late nineteenth century. The “Elles”, are occupants of various Paris brothels, where Lautrec took up residence from time to time between 1892 – 1895. He acquaints us uncritically with the domestic routines of his intimates. We see them at ease, resting, grooming, washing and dressing. There is a little hint of a sordid environment or their seamier tasks. Lautrec was too proud to submit to his lot, as physical freak, an aristocrat cut off from his kind by his grotesque appearance. He found an affinity between his own condition and the moral penury of the prostitute. Lautrec himself once commented ironically that among prostitutes “I have found women at my level”. Toulouse Lautrec, like no other nineteenth century artist was deeply influenced by Japanese woodblock prints. Just like the exuberant life of the amusement quarters of the Japanese Edo period, it was the nightlife of Montmartre in Paris, which inspired the works of this incredible artist. And like the great Ukiyo-e artist Utamaro, Toulouse Lautrec not only painted the world of brothels, but was a frequent guest himself. Partial Listing of Public Collections: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Van Gogh Museum, Amersterdam, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, MA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rijks Museum, Amsterdam,
  • Creator:
    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 - 1901, French)
  • Creation Year:
    1896
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 35.25 in (89.54 cm)Width: 39.75 in (100.97 cm)Depth: 1 in (2.54 cm)
  • More Editions & Sizes:
    From edition of 100Price: $120,000
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  • Condition:
    This piece is in a beautiful custom finished corner frame. There is a small handling crease in right corner. Strong rich colors. Very rare.
  • Gallery Location:
    Hinsdale, IL
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 12001stDibs: LU138429199212
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