Lautrec Lithograph 'La Vache Enragee' 1932.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec ~1864-1901~is arguably one of the most famous artists of the 19th Century and an undisputed leading light of the Art Nouveau Poster phenomenon.
Spending much of his time amid the turbulent nightlife of Montmartre in Paris he was responsible more than any other artist for chronicling 'La Vie Parisienne' during the 1880's and 90's.
Titled 'La Vache Enragee' (The Mad Cow) it was originally executed in 1896.
!n 1896/7 Montmartre Bohemians, led by Lautrec's friend Adolphe Willette, organized the 'Fete de la Vache Enragee' ~a festival which parodied the traditional Mardi Gras. It was dedicated to the poor of the Butte, who were reduced to starvation ~manger de la vache enragee~ a term that was popularized by Victor Hugo's 1862 novel ~Les Miserables. The Fete included a parade complete with a Mad Cow float. In conjunction with this they published Le Journal de la Vache Enragee, which featured poems and drawings dedicated to the beast. This Lithograph is the frontispiece to that journal.
Original posters by Lautrec sell now for many hundreds of thousands of dollars making him highly sought after and collectible, and Lithographic copies made during the early part of the 20th Century are becoming rare and hard to find
This original French printed Lithograph is number 26 (XXVI) in a limited edition series printed by Julien of Paris in 1930.
Measuring 14" x 10", printed on high quality Japan paper and signed in the print, it is in A+ Condition.
I have several other Lautrec Lithographs from this series and will be listing some of them in the near future.
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