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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
"Promenoir" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

1899

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TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, HENRI DE (1864-1901) PROMENOIR Delteil 290, Adhemar 324, Wittrock 315 Lithograph printed in olive black-green ink, c. 1899 Printed on japon paper, Full margins Bearing artist’s red monogram stamp and numbered in pencil From the edition of 100 (15 in public collections) Published by La Maison Moderne, Paris in the album “Germinal” Embossed with publisher’s blindstamp 28.3” x 22.4” VERY RARE The two men promenading were intimates of Lautrec. The tall one is Dr. Gabriel Tapie de Celeyran, his double first cousin (the “doctor’s” mother was Lautrec’s father’s sister and his father was Lautrec’s mother’s brother), who became his inseparable companion – and the butt of many jokes – in h is travels and sojourns in the Paris demi-monde. Lautrec was amused by the look of himself and the “doctor” together – a sort of Mutt and Jeff couple – and placed the pair in a number of his paintings. The other man in the print is the weasel-faced photographer Paul Sescau, who, Edouard Julien records, “for his own part liked to entice young women” whom Lautrec brought to his studio as models. Lautrec made a poster for his friend Sescau that emphasized the photographer’s lecherous approach to his craft. The two women are regulars of La Souris, a restaurant with a reputation as a haunt of lesbians. The young Henri went to Paris in 1882 to attend different, conventional painting studios where he met the artists Emil Bernard and Vincent van Gogh. Soon he is more attracted by the Impressionist artists like Edgar Degas than by the conventional painting style and gives up the lessons in the studios. Lautrec lived in the Montmartre section, the nightlife quarter of cabarets, cafes, restaurants, sleazy dance halls and brothels. He soon emerged into this world and became a part of the bohemian community. In the evenings, he could be seen chatting with friends and drinking, and at the same time drawing sketches on paper. Then the next day, he would transform the sketches into paintings and lithographs.
  • Creator:
    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 - 1901, French)
  • Creation Year:
    1899
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 36 in (91.44 cm)Width: 31.5 in (80.01 cm)Depth: 2 in (5.08 cm)
  • More Editions & Sizes:
    Very rarePrice: $59,000
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  • Gallery Location:
    Hinsdale, IL
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 14981stDibs: LU138426434672
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