Toulouse Lautrec "Ault Wiborg"
This print is:
- Stone Signed Lithograph
- Limited Edition (Actual Number received may vary from picture shown)
- Publishers Seal on image
- Known in the post impressionist era: Art Nouvreau (modern) period
- CUSTOM FRAMED in a Great Contemporary Gray Frame
- Double matted in Black and gray
- Outside Frame: 29" x 35"
- Image Size: 26" x 19"
- Framed in the USA
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"This lithograph represents Lautrec's only American poster commission which came from the ink manufacturers Ault & Wiborg of Cincinnati. The poster is also his only work printed on zinc rather than stone. Its medium, and small scale were dictated by the necessity of sending the plates across the Atlantic for printing. His design showing a couple at a concert was certainly printed in ink, but otherwise has little to do with the company's product. It is typical of the occasional disparity between Lautrec's imagery and thing that is meant to be advertised. The promotional lure, one used extensively in the nineteenth century, is a colourful depiction of a pretty young woman.
The image brings out the subtle psychological tensions which Lautrec often sensed in theatre audiences. Seated together in a loge, the man and woman seem to be in two different worlds: she is lost in a melancholy reverie. The pair are reminiscent of Jane Avril and the critic Edouard Dujardin in the poster Divan Japonais although the actual models were probably the actress Emiliene d'Alencon and the banker Henri Fourcade" (San Diego Museum of Art)
About the artist...
Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa (24 November 1864 – 9 September 1901), also known as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, caricaturist, and illustrator whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 19th century allowed him to produce a collection of enticing, elegant, and provocative images of the modern, sometimes decadent, affairs of those times. Toulouse-Lautrec is among the best-known painters of the Post-Impressionist period, with Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin. In a 2005 auction at Christie's auction house, La Blanchisseuse, his early painting of a young laundress, sold for US$22.4 million and set a new record for the artist for a price at auction.