HENRI TOULOUSE-LAUTREC

HENRI TOULOUSE-LAUTREC

Lautrec "Femme Au Tub"

Lautrec "Femme Au Tub"

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec "Femme au Tub" From the series, "Elles", c. 1896 Wittrock 159, Adhemar 204 From the edition of 100; per Wittrock Original color crayon brush and scatter lithograph, five colors, printed on wove paper Printed without margins to deckled edge of paper Bearing artist's signage monogram stamp Image Size: 15 3/4 x 20 1/2" REF. #1200 $125,000

Lautrec "La Vache Enragee"

Lautrec "La Vache Enragee"

Henri de Toulouse - Lautrec "La Vache Enragée" Eittrock P27B, Adhemar 197 Original color lithograph Printed on buff wove paper, c. 1896 Bears artist stamp "TL" upper right, dated '96 Image Size: 22 1/2" x 23 5/8" REF. #1202 $59,000

Lautrec "Promenoir"

Lautrec "Promenoir"

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec "Promenoir" Delteil 290, Adhemar 324, Wittrock 315 Lithograph printed in olive black-green ink, c. 1899 Printed on Japan 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 Image Size: 28.3" x 22.4" REF. #1498 $78,000

Lautrec "Les Vieilles Histoires"

Lautrec "Les Vieilles Histoires"

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec "Les Vielles Histoires, Couverture" Delteil 18, Adhemar 19, Wittrock 5 II of II Color lithograph on wove paper Second state of three Sheet Size: 17" x 24" Stamped with artist's monogram, lower left REF. #2023 $18,500

Toulouse-Lautrec "La Revue Blanche"

Toulouse-Lautrec "La Revue Blanche"

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec "La Revue Blanche" Original lithograph from "Les Maitres de L'Affiche" series Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris Bearing MDL stamp lower right, from issue #21. 1897. Plate #82 Unframed Size: 11 3/8" x 15 3/4" REF. #1689 $10,500

Lautrec "Divan Japonais"

Lautrec "Divan Japonais"

Henri de Toulouse - Lautrec "Divan Japonais" Original lithograph from "Les Maitres de L'Affiche" series Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris Bearing MDL stamp lower right, from issue #1, 1896. Plate #2 Unframed Size: 15 3/4" x 11 3/8" REF. 1569 $10,500

Toulouse-Lautrec "Divan Japonais"

Toulouse-Lautrec "Divan Japonais"

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec "La Chaine Simpson" Original lithograph from "Les Maitres de L'Affiche" series Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris Bearing MDL stamp lower right, from issue #60. 1900. Plate #238 Unframed Size: 11 3/8" x 15 3/4" REF. #1570 $8,500

Lautrec "Portrait of Henry Somm"

Lautrec "Portrait of Henry Somm"

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec "Portrait of Henry Somm" Delteil 2-6, Wittrock 241-4; 246-7 Drypoint in black, c. 1898 Signed by Lautrec's monogram "TL" From the edition of 200, Volume 1 Published in Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Peintre et Dessins-Estampes-Affiches Printed by H. Floury, Paris c. 1926-27 Editor: Maurice Joyant Image Size: 10 1/2" x 8" REF. #1504 $3,750

Lautrec "Portrait of Monsieur X"

Lautrec "Portrait of Monsieur X"

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec "Portrait of Monsieur X" Delteil 2-6, Wittrock 241-4; 246-7 Drypoint in black, c. 1898 Signed by Lautrec's monogram "TL" From the edition of 200, Volume 1 Published in Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Peintre et Dessins-Estampes-Affiches Printed by H. Floury, Paris c. 1926-27 Editor: Maurice Joyant Image Size: 10 1/2" x 8" REF. #1506 $3,750

Lautrec "W.H.B. Sands"

Lautrec "W.H.B. Sands"

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec "W.H.B. Sands, Editeur a Londres" Delteil 2-6, Wittrock 241-4; 246-7 Drypoint in sanguine, c. 1898 Signed by Lautrec's monogram "TL" From the edition of 200, Volume 1 Published in Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Peintre et Dessins-Estampes-Affiches Printed by H. Floury, Paris c. 1926-27 Editor: Maurice Joyant Image Size: 10 1/2" x 8" REF. #1502 $3,750

Lautrec "Charles Maurin"

Lautrec "Charles Maurin"

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec "Charles Maurin" Delteil 2-6, Wittrock 241-4; 246-7 Drypoint in sanguine, c. 1898 Signed by Lautrec's monogram "TL" From the edition of 200, Volume 2 Published in Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Peintre et Dessins-Estampes-Affiches Printed by H. Floury, Paris, c. 1926-27 Editor: Maurice Joyant Image Size: 10 1/2" x 8" REF. #1511 $3,750

Lautrec "Francis Jourdain"

Lautrec "Francis Jourdain"

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec "Francis Jourdain" Delteil 2-6, Wittrock 241-4; 246-7 Drypoint in sanguine, c. 1898 Signed by Lautrec's monogram "TL" From the edition of 200, Volume 2 Published in Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Peintre et Dessins-Estampes-Affiches Printed by H. Floury, Paris c. 1926-27 Editor: Maurice Joyant Image Size: 10 1/2" x 8" REF. #1508 $3,750

Lautrec "Charles Maurin"

Lautrec "Charles Maurin"

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec "Charles Maurin" Delteil 2-6, Wittrock 241-4; 246-7 Drypoint in black, c. 1898 Signed by Lautrec's monogram "TL" From the edition of 200, Volume 2 Published in Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Peintre et Dessins-Estampes-Affiches Editor: Maurice Joyant Image Size: 10 1/2" x 8" REF. 1512 $3,750

Lautrec "Yvette Guilbert"

Lautrec "Yvette Guilbert"

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec "Yvette Gilbert - A Menilmontant de Bruant" Delteil 255, Ademar 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 Gilbert" Image Size: 11 5/8" x 9 1/2" REF. #1758 $8,500

Lautrec "Mary Hamilton"

Lautrec "Mary Hamilton"

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec "Mary Hamilton" Delteil 175, Adhemar 215 Lithograph printed on China paper, c. 1895 Signed on the stone with the artist's monogram, TL lower left From the Frapier edition of 525 on China paper, second edition Published by Edmond Frapier (Galerie des Peintres) in the portfolio "Histoire de la Lithographies de Manet a Not Jours", Paris 1925 Image Size: 14 1/8" x 10 1/2" REF. #1857 $8,500

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec became one of France's most prominent Post-Impressionist painters and capturing the night life of part of the city, was described as "the soul of Montmartre."  He also did a number of illustrations for the magazine Le Rire during the 1890s's.

Toulouse-Lautrec was born in Albi, France, in the mid-Pyrenees region.  He was the first child of a Count and Countess whose aristocratic lineage dated back over a thousand years but whose fortune had collapsed before he was born.  At birth, they gave him the full name of Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec Monfa.  The parents were first cousins, and credited to inbreeding were the many birth defects that Henri suffered including an osteoporosis condition that left him with weak bones that did not heal properly when his legs were fractured when he was ages 13 and 14.   In adulthood, he was only four feet and six inches in height, although his torso was fully developed.   Growing up, he was unable to participate in normal activities, so he turned to art expression.

Toulouse-Lautrec moved to Paris in 1882 in order to learn from artists by working with them in their studios.  He was especially impressed with Impressionist painter and sculptor Edgar Degas.  Lautrec's subjects were primarily the bohemian world of Montmartre, the city's quarter where he lived and the area that had a mix that  included starving' artists, actors, actresses, singers and dancers such as La Goulue who created the Can Can and performed at the Moulin Rouge.  It was also the location of racetracks, dancehalls and many bars and brothels, likely the places where he, a frequent visitor, got the syphilis that along with excessive alcohol consumption added to his health problems and caused his death.  He partied and sketched the nightlife, and in the daytime, converted his sketches into paintings and lithographs.  

Shortly before he died on September 9, 1901at the age of 36, he was put in a sanatorium after his highly protective mother was unable to keep him at home.  He is buried in Malromé at his family's estate, and he is buried in Verdelais, Gironde, close to his death place.  The Comtesse Adéle Toulouse-Lautrec, his mother, and his dealer, Maurice Joyant, worked hard after his death to keep his name alive and promote his artwork.  Because of their efforts, a museum in Albi was built in his honor.  Two movies titled Moulin Rouge are about his life.

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