Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, ‘Jane Avril’, 1893, Waddington's
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, ‘Jane Avril’, 1893, Waddington's

Printed by Chaix, Paris
Published by Jardin de Paris

From the Catalogue:
No artist captured the underbelly of nocturnal life in fin-de-siècle Paris better than Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Framed beautifully by a shaded cellist’s handle, Jane Avril, 1893 takes you to the energetic spirit and secret world of the Moulin Rouge. The lingering perspective of a vast stage, with its starlette, Avril demonstrating her signature “cancan” moves offers a fascinating contrast between private and public worlds. Avril was a close friend of the artist, and commissioned this poster to advertise her upcoming show at the Jardin de Paris. The print is comprised of several layers of subdued tones appropriate for this time: black, orange, yellow and green, demonstrating the artist’s mastery of the printmaking process.
Courtesy of Waddington's

Signature: signed with initials in the plate lower left , signed and dated “93” in the plate bottom centre

Private Collection, Toronto

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