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"Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was one of France's most important figures during the impressionist period. Although a prolific painter, he was considered a greater printmaker, especially in the field of lithography. His prints, posters, and magazine and book illustrations depict life in late nineteenth century Paris ranging from dancehall scenes to the private lives of prostitutes to horse racing. This book is the catalogue of an exhibit highlighting over one hundred of his most important graphic pieces. After a brief biography, the works are thematically discussed and reproduced(the café concert, performers on stage, brothel life, creative circles, and other joie de vivre scenes). Some of the most recognizable works include portraits of Jane Avril, "Le Divan Japonais", "The Jockey", and selections from his "Elles" series. However, I found the prints in the fourth section the most interesting. This chapter highlights a number of theater programs, illustrations from literary journals, and lithograph advertisements publicizing popular books. I didn't know how involved the artist was with theater producers, publishers, and writers until I saw the exhibit. A major bonus is the inclusion of the poster of a group of can can dancers which is large enough to frame. The text is informative and I strongly recommend it if you want to learn more about this aspect of Toulouse-Lautrec's artistic career."


"I love this book about Tououse-Lautrec , it's what I was looking for."


"A great memento of a great exhibit. colors very good."

About the book

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is widely regarded as the most talented and innovative printmaker of the late nineteenth century. Trained as a painter, Lautrec was introduced to color lithography in 1891, and it immediately became an obsession: in the decade before his early death, in 1901, he created more than 350 lithographs, from posters pasted up in the streets of Paris to livres d'artiste, editioned prints, and illustrations for magazines, journals, theater programs, books, and song sheets.


Accompanying an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, this volume presents more than one hundred prints and posters by Lautrec from MoMA's outstanding collection of his work. Spanning the artist's mature career they exemplify Lautrec's extraordinary range and ability as a printmaker and brilliantly evoke his milieu and central preoccupation: fin-de-siécle Paris, particularly the bohemian life he shared with the dancers, artists, prostitutes, and impresarios of the city's burgeoning demimonde.


Includes a color poster of Lautrec's lithograph La Troupe de Mademoiselle Eglantine.