This powerful Art Nouveau Lithograph is another Lautrec advertising poster. This time for the theatrical production 'La Gitane' (the gypsy), by Jean Richepin, at the Antoine theatre.
With a story line similar to Bizet's Carmen, with a melodramatic twist, the play was never published and is now lost. The poster is therefor the only tangible reminder of the plays' existence.
Featuring the ravishing actress Martha Mellot, Lautrec's composition captures the sinister inter-action in bold silhouette suggesting harsh theatrical lighting and back alley darkness. Again heavily influenced by Japanese prints.
Signed in the plate and measuring 14" x 10" this limited edition Lithograph was made by Imprimerie Julien of Paris in 1930 and is in Condition A. It is one of a series of Lautrec Lithographs I am listing.
Henri-Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa (1864 - 1901) was born of an aristocratic French family and gained fame as a painter, print-maker, draughtsman and illustrator. His name and work is synonymous with the Art Nouveau movement. He immersed himself in his painting and the colorful Montmartre night-life, capturing the seedier side of Paris and making it appear inviting and exciting. Mocked for his short stature he turned to alcohol and died of alcoholism and syphilis at 36. Although his career spanned only 20 years he is recognized as one of the great painters of the post-Impressionist period.
Item ID: RL00148
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