LA CHÂTELAINE or LE TOCSIN

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
LA CHÂTELAINE or LE TOCSIN
Lithograph
1895

An original Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Lithograph print.

1895

Original lithograph printed in two colors (grey-green, red) on wove poster paper.

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

A fine impression of Wittrock and Adriani’s third and final state. Printed after the image was reduced in size and without the tinted ground that appeared in the first two states. Commissioned by Arthur Huc for the periodical La Dépêche de Toulouse; printed by Cassan Fils, Toulouse, bearing its credit line on the stone lower right.

Catalog: Delteil 357; Adhémar 147; Wittrock P19.C; Adriani 143 iii/iii.

Sheet Size: 22 x 16 13/16 inches

It is evident from this rather historical design, which was no doubt made to suit the taste of his client, that Lautrec certainly did not confine himself to a single style for his poster work; in place of the more familiar monumental flat shapes, we find here a nervous play of lines drawn over a delicately nuanced background. This poster was commissioned by Arthur Huc, after the success of the first that he had ordered from Lautrec (see “Le Pendu,” Adriani no. 2), which “is now almost impossible to get hold of in the art trade, and is never sold for under one louis d’or.” It was designed to advertise the novel “Le Tocsin” (The Tocsin) by Jules de Gastyne, which was published by Huc in the periodical La Dépêche de Toulouse. Impressions of the first state before letters, as we see here, were probably intended for poster collectors.

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