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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
"Yvette Guilbert" by Toulouse-Lautrec

1898

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TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, HENRI DE (1864-1901) "Yvette Guilbert – A Menilmontant de Bruant" Delteil 255, Adhemar 311 Lithograph printed in black with beige tint stone wove paper c. 1898 Signed on the stone with the artist’s monogram, TL, upper left From the edition of 350, 4th state of 4 Published by Bliss & Sands, London, an English set of eight plates titled: Album Yvette Guilbert. c. 1898 11 5/8” x 9 1/2” “Of all the music hall performers who inspired Lautrec, Yvette Guilbert exerted by far the greatest hold over him. He was completely fascinated by the style and atmosphere of her act. Lautrec first saw her in about 1892, she had revolutionized the whole atmosphere of the cafe concert by a totally new approach to the performance of a song. Standing almost still except for gestures of her long thin arms in black gloves, which she almost invariably wore, her face almost expressionless except for the twist of her lips, she sang songs with highly scandalous words and themes. The Paris audience was captivated and none more than Lautrec. He found the whole atmosphere of her act and personality magnetic. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born in 1864 in the South of France. From an early age, he suffered from poor health and by the age of 14, he had broken both of his legs, causing them never to develop properly. Ultimately, he grew to be only 4 feet, eleven inches. In 1882, he traveled to Paris, where he studied at conventional painting studios alongside Emil Bernard and Vincent van Gogh. After a time, he became more interested in the Impressionist artists, such as Edgar Degas, and gave up his lessons at the studios. Living in the Montmarte section of Paris, Lautrec soon became emerged in the world of cafés, cabarets, dance halls and brothels. He frequented these establishments, often sitting and sketching his observations. These sketches were to be transformed into paintings and lithographs. His work began to attract some recognition and after a few exhibitions in galleries, he was overrun with commissions. Lautrec’s lithographs depict the famous personalities of the French “belle époque”. He was greatly impressed, as were many other Impressionist artists, by the Ukiyo-e art of Japan and Japanese printmaking which had a profound influence on his style. Some of the singer and dancers in his works were people that he knew personally. Lautrec produced his first lithograph in 1891. Edition sizes and papers used vary from print to print. Lautrec’s graphic oeuvre consists of 351 lithographs and 9 drypoint prints of which this is one example.
  • Creator:
    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 - 1901, French)
  • Creation Year:
    1898
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 22.25 in (56.52 cm)Width: 20.25 in (51.44 cm)Depth: 1.5 in (3.81 cm)
  • More Editions & Sizes:
    4th State, two marks lover right corner. Small edition for 100 year anniversary of T-L birthPrice: $8,500
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  • Gallery Location:
    Hinsdale, IL
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 18581stDibs: LU138426988832
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