A very large poster in colors, 46 1/4" by 31 1/4" (50 3/4" by 35 3/4" in attractive, quality real gold leaf framing), the work "Ambassadeurs/Aristide Bruant", originally published in 1892, by the famed French Post-Impressionist artist HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (1864-1901). The original poster, which can bring tens of thousands of dollars at auctions of fine and important prints, is in two sheets and measures a whopping (roughly) 54 inches by about 36 inches. This is a 20th century version, but I am not able to determine when it may have been made. It is larger though than many 20th century versions of this print, and due to its popularity over more than a century, there have been many reprints of varying sizes. Viewed up close, one can see in the figures hair area the tell-tale dots that are indicative of a process other than pure lithography. Other portions of the composition look like lithography. Perhaps this is a photo-lithograph. This print has perhaps seen some light or moisture at some point in its past, as there are unexplained lighter areas within the (generally blue) portions (see photos which illustrate this). Somehow, though, the overall size, and general visual impression seem to minimize this, and someone not familiar with the print might totally overlook it and think that there are different shades of blue. Note that there are some reflections in the large sheet of glass, as well. Due to the size of the glass, this would be a candidate for professional packing which could cost $150 approximately. ****Contact me for more specific numbers and shipping options***. Toulouse-Lautrec, in his short life, left a very strong mark on the art world. Born in Albi, France in the Pyrenees region, he suffered from physical deformities which may well have been due to his parents being cousins. He came to Paris and became a central figure in its famous nightlife and Fin de Siecle culture, in the Montmartre neighborhood. Although he didn't work in lithography until 1891, his skills were rare, and he went on to become one of the most famous and recognized lithographers of all time, in the last ten years of his life creating some 400 works in that medium, of which 31 were posters.
HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (1864-1901) large poster "Ambassadeurs/Aristide Bruant"