Le Coiffeur- Programme Du Theatre Libre

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Le Coiffeur- Programme Du Theatre Libre
Lithograph
1893

An original Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Lithograph print.

1893

Original lithograph printed in three colors (olive green, red, yellow) on wove paper.

Signed on the stone with the artist’ monogram device lower right.

Wittrock’s second and final state, Adriani’s third and final state, printed after the addition of the letterpress program text. From the edition of unknown size (probably several hundred, apart from the deluxe edition of 100 printed prior to the addition of the program text). Published by the Theatre Libre as the program for the plays Une Faillite and Le Poete et le Financier; printed by Eugene Varneau, Paris bearing his credit line at the lower right edge of the sheet.

Catalog: Delteil 14; Adhemar 40; Wittrock 15 ii/ii; Adriani 40 iii/iii

12 5/8 x 9 3/8 inches

Sheet Size: 12 5/8 x 9 3/8 inches

Lautrec’s interest in the world of the theater began in the autumn of 1893. The plays Une Faillite (A Bankruptcy) by Bjornstjerne Bjornson and Le Poete et le Financier (The Poet and the Financier) By Maurice Vaucaire had been playing at the Theatre Libre since November 8th. The color lithograph, which was printed by Eugene Varneau, Paris, was modeled on a painting which shows a scene in the Rue des Moulins brothel. The Theatre Libre on the Rue Pigalle, which was directed from 18887 to 1896 by the actor André Antoine, had a pioneering program of naturalistic works. In addition to Lautrec, Antoine also commissioned Willette, Signac, Vuillard, Ibels, Charpentier, Auriol and Rivere to design programs. He also exhibited works by Seurat, Signac, and Van Gogh in the foyer of the theater.

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