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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 - 1901)
Original lithographic poster printed in colors, printed by Chaix, Paris, France 1897. Condition: Very Fine (A-) some staining at edge of sheet, backed on linen and framed.
Sheet size: 15.75 H. X 11.25 W. Frame size: 24.25 H. X 19.75 W.
Toulouse-Lautrec was one of the most celebrated artists of the late 19th century. He was commissioned by "La Revue Blanche", the successful art and literary journal, to design their annual poster. Understanding the role of celebrities in marketing, he features the well-known, redheaded socialite, Misia Natanson to elevate the status of the journal. Misia is the wife of the journal's co-editor and the darling of Paris' avant-garde intellectuals, writers, and artists. She is only partially shown, a frequent device of Toulouse-Lautrec, but this time he dares to show someone skating without ever showing the skates. Misia, richly garbed, is seen gliding across the unseen ice; the skating motion implied by the diagonal line of the coat, punctuated by the polka dots and confirmed by the placement of her arms. Many people consider this to be his strongest individual work.
Inventory #10196
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