Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, ‘Elles’, 1886, Christie's


The collection of Dr. Martin L. and Francey Gecht is the result of nearly four decades of deeply engaged connoisseurship. Encompassing an array of late-nineteenth and twentieth century engravings, lithographs, drawings, and sculptures, it is an assemblage whose breadth and depth embody the Gechts’ lifelong pursuit of beauty. “I get great joy out of my collection,” Martin Gecht noted, “and… a totally new appreciation each time I look at it.” Whether at home or in the public sphere, the couple wholeheartedly embraced fine art’s ability to illuminate the world.

Wittrock's third, final state, from the poster edition of unknown size, the full sheet, an adhesive stain in the subject, framed.
Sheet: 25 x 19 in. (635 x 483 mm.)

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Delteil 179; Adriani 171; Wittrock 155

About Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Renowned Post-Impressionist painter, lithographer, and art nouveau illustrator Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is famous for his depictions of French fin de siècle urban life. Working in his characteristic linear style, Lautrec frequently portrayed scenes from brothels and cabaret clubs, including the Moulin Rouge, where he had a seat reserved after producing a series of promotional posters for the club’s opening in 1888. Lautrec was influenced by the artists Edgar Degas and Édouard Manet, who shared with them a keen interest in the observation of social culture.

French, 1864-1901, Albi, France, based in Paris, France