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The complete Album of 14 Original Lithographs, 1895-96
"Quatorze Lithographies Originales de Toulouse-Lautrec pour Illustrer des Chansons". This album was to illustrate various songs composed by Désiré Dihau with poems by Jean Richepin. Désiré Dihau was a bassoonist in the Parisian Opera and was painted a few times not just Toulouse-Lautrec but other artists as well, such as Edgar Degas.
Image size: cca. 9.5" x 7.8" (various)
Paper size: 16.5" x 12.6"
Signed in the stone with the artist’s well known "HTL" circular monogram, each
Numbered 361/450 in pencil, each
Edition in 450
Reference: Delteil 129-142
The lithographs were created with the original lithographic stones engraved by Toulouse-Lautrec for Éditions Joubert in 1895. Much later, the fourteen stone blocks were found in the basement of Joubert Publishing. With the permission of the owner, they were reprinted at the Atelier Mourlot in Paris and published by Editions A.C. Mazo & Cie, in 1978. After this print run, the stones were canceled and deposited at the Cabinet des Estampes of the Bibliothèque Nationale.
The portfolio also includes the following additional pages:
- Title page
- Justification page
- Note from the publisher (English)
- Note from the conservator of Cabinet des Estampes
- Table of Content
Condition: there is paper discolouration in line with aging and extensive foxing throughout the portfolio. The album cover have some skinning.
Certificate of Authenticity is included.
About Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec:
Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa was born to an aristocratic family in Albi, the South of France. During the recuperation period caused by two accidents of breaking his legs, he developed a tremendous passion for drawing and painting. Because the bones never healed properly, he reached a height of only 4 ½ feet as an adult, a source of great embarrassment for the artist.
Lautrec ventured to Paris in 1882 to study academic art, but much to his parent’s chagrin, he lived in the bohemian circle of the Montmartre. He became friends with many of the celebrities of the day, in the cabarets, cafes and dance clubs. While he was drinking and talking with friends, he created many sketches of his surroundings, which later were used as inspiration for his art works. His art soon attracted a great deal of attention.
Due to numerous health issues, which were aggravated by the artist’s alcoholism, Toulouse-Lautrec’s health declined quickly while in his early 30’s and he died at the age of 36, in 1901.
Toulouse-Lautrec is among the best-known painters of Post-Impressionism, with Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin.
Today, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s art is part of collection in every major museum in the world and his tremendous influence in the evolution of Western art is undisputed.