Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, ‘Sagesse’, 1893, Christie's


Inscribed with instructions to the printer in pencil, presumably the only known working proof of the second, final state, and before the first edition of one hundred, with margins, pale time-staining, otherwise in good condition.
Image 255 x 190 mm., Sheet 350 x 265 mm.

From the Catalogue:
This rare hand-coloured proof is inscribed with the artist's instructions to the printer for the stencil colouring applied to the First Edition, and the First Song Sheet Edition, both published in 1893.
The instructions, in the form of a colour key chart, read:
5 tons
la robe - [light green] Chair d'femme [pale orange-pink] lampe [pale yellow] / tenir en teinte / la lampe
Tête d'homme [pink] Cheveux [orange]

The present impression is probably the one first mentioned by Dortu and described by both Adriani and Wittrock as an impression of the second state with watercolour additions, inscribed cinq teintes.
—Courtesy of Christie's

Delteil 22; Adhémar 23; Adriani 32; Wittrock 9

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