Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901) two sided sketchbook page catalogued in The Catalogue Raisonne. Homme debout (recto); Croquis (verso) (two-sided drawing) circa 1879-1881 Graphite on paper 10.6 x 6.72 inches (27 x 17.1 cm) (sheet) Stamped lower left with red monogram “HTL”
Awaiting for this piece to be framed tastefully in thick plexiglass so both sides can be displayed. Photos will be added soon or ask for them. Please feel free to make reasonable offers!
PROVENANCE: D. Viau; M. Guiot; Mr. T. P. Halperin, United States; Private collection, New York; By descent to the present owner.
LITERATURE: M. Joyant, Lautrec II, p. 179; M. G. Dortu,
Toulouse-Lautrec et son œuvre, Catalogue des dessins, IV, New York, 1971, cat. no. D.I.525 (recto); cat. no. D.I.526 (verso), pp. 248 and 250, ill. p. 249.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is one of the legendary artists of 19th-century Paris, famous for traversing the nightspots of the city’s Montmartre district, always with a sketchbook in hand. He was a superb draftsman, able to capture the motion, emotion, and energy of Parisian society with just a few deft strokes of his pencil.
While today, Toulouse-Lautrec’s paintings hang in museums around the world, during his lifetime, he was most famous for his illustrations. The work that originally made him a Parisian celebrity was “Moulin Rouge: La Goulue,” his 1891 four-color lithograph that he designed as an advertising poster for the notorious Moulin Rouge nightclub.