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TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, "Le Chanteur Americain," Lithograph
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, "Le Chanteur Americain," lithograph. The value of this and other items are enhanced by their provenance, from the estate of a Baroness.
This antique lithograph has yellowing, but is still in Good Antique Condition.
Size: Sight 12" by 9"; Mat sight 17 1/2" by 14 1/4"; framed 21 1/2" by 18".
Provenance: from the estate of Baroness Mary McFall de Gunzburg of New York City, New York and Miami Beach, Florida.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (24 November 1864 - 9 September 1901) was a French painter, printmaker, draftsman, and illustrator, whose immersion in the decadent and theatrical life of fin de siecle Paris yielded an oeuvre of provocative images of modern life.
Hi was born in Albi, Tarn in the Midi-Pyrenees region of France, the firstborn child of Comte Alphonse and Comtesse Adele de Toulouse-Lautrec. An aristocratic family (descendants of the Counts of Toulouse) that had recently fallen on hard times, the Toulouse-Lautrecs were feeling the effects of the inbreeding of past generations; the Comte and Comtesse themselves were first cousins, and Henri suffered from a number of congenital health conditions attributed to this tradition of inbreeding (see below). A younger brother was born to the family on 28 August 1867, but died the following year.
Toulous-Lautrec's skilled depiction of people relied on his painterly style which is highly linear and gives great emphasis to contour. He often applied the paint in long, thin brushstrokes which often leave much of the board on which they are painted showing through. Many of his works may best be described as drawings in coloured paint.
After Toulouse-Lautrec's death, his mother, the Comtesse Adele Toulouse-Lautrec, and Maurice Joyant, his art dealer, promoted his art. His mother contributed funds for a museum to be built in Albi, his birthplace, to house his works. As of 2005, his paintings had sold for as much as US$14.5 million. (From Wikipedia)
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