MADEMOISELLE LENDER ET BARON

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
MADEMOISELLE LENDER ET BARON
Lithograph
1893

An original Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Lithograph print.

1893

Original lithograph printed in olive-green ink on wove paper.

Signed on the stone with the artist’s monogram device lower left.

A fine impression of Wittrock and Adriani’s only state From the edition of 50 printed in this color, numbered “No. 21” in pencil lower left (there were 50 additional impressions printed in black ink, for an overall edition of 100). Also bearing the artist’s monogram stamp (Lugt 1338) in red ink lower left. Published by the periodical L’Escarmouche, Paris, December, 1893; printed by Edouard Ancourt, Paris.

Catalog: Delteil 43, Adhémar 46; Wittrock 33; Adriani 48.

12 5/8 x 9 1/4 inches

Sheet Size: 14 7/8 x 10 15/16 inches

As Lautrec became more preoccupied with the world of theater, he discovered Marcelle Lender, a 30-year-old actress and singer then appearing at the Théâtre des Variétés. This is one of the first lithographic renditions of the popular Lender, whose beauty mesmerized the artist through 1895.

This scene, which appeared in the fourth issue of L’Escarmouche on December 3, 1893, shows Marcelle Lender with the comedian Louis Bouchenez, known as “Baron,” who acquired his nickname from his portrayal of Baron Gros in a revival of Jacques Offenbach’s 1867 operetta La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein.

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