A 1897 lithograph of the 1892 Belle Epoque poster “Ambassadeurs–Aristide Bruant” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901) as published in “Das Moderne Plakat” by Jean-Louis Sponsel, Printed by Verlag von Gerhard Kuhtmann, Dresden, 1897.
Condition: A+ Mint
Sheet size: 9 x 12 inches (23 x 30 cm)
Framed: 23 x 20 inches in Museum non-reflective glass
Printed by Verlag von Gerhard Kuhtmann, Dresden, 1897.
“For his friend and great Montmartre chansonnier, Aristide Bruant, Lautrec made several posters. Bruant was a strong, forceful, in many ways vulgar entertainer of intimate cabarets, the kind of places where fashionable society went ‘slumming’ for thrills. Lautrec catches the brutal quality and the disdain with which he treated his audiences. This design is one of the most imposing poster images of all time. The singer dominates the poster with as much authority as he commanded on stage, the red scarf forming an exclamation point. The thrust and power are achieved by fine draftsmanship, excellent colours, and bold composition” (Rennert PAI-XXI 433,436)
This version is from “Das Moderne Plakat ” the German publication included 52 colour plates by the great poster artists of the day. Printed by Verlag von Gerhard Kuhtmann, Dresden, 1897.