Un Monsieur et une Dame, Programme Pour “L’Argent”

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Un Monsieur et une Dame, Programme Pour “L’Argent”
Lithograph
1895

An original Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Lithograph print.

1895

Original lithograph printed in six colors (red, black, pink, yellow, blue, olive green) on wove paper.

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

A fine impression of Delteil and Adriani’s second and final state, Wittrock’s only state, printed after the addition of the letterpress text, from the program cover edition (edition size unrecorded, likely to be a few hundred). Published by André Antoine (Théâtre Libre), Paris; printed by Eugene Verneau, Paris, with his credit line added to the lower left edge of the stone.

Catalog: Delteil 15 ii/ii; Adhémar 148 ii/ii; Wittrock 97; Adriani 133 ii/ii

12 1/2 x 9 5/16 inches

On this colored program for the comedy L’Argent (Money) by Emile Fabre, the large figures – Henriot and Arquillière as Monsieur and Madame Reynard – are only colored shapes, there is no indication of modeling in the bodies, once again illustrating the influence of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints on Lautrec’s compositions during this period.

Since the play had its premièr on May 5th, 1895 at André Antoine’s Théâtre Libre, the lithograph was presumably made just before that date. The composition and details of the place-setting on the table are reminiscent of the “Reine de Joie” poster (Delteil 342).

Due to its brilliant colors and bold design, “L’Argent” remains one of the most highly desirable and actively sought after small multi-color lithographs in Lautrec’s graphic
oeuvre.

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