Pour Toi! …
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Pour Toi! …
An original Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Lithograph print.
Original lithograph printed in black ink on imitation Japan paper.
Signed on the stone with the artist’s monogram device lower right.
A fine impression of Wittrock’s only state, Adriani’s second and final state, Printed after the addition of the text to the stone, a re-edition impression without the music and lyrics printed on the verso (apart from the edition of 100 printed prior to the addition of the text to the stone, and apart from the song sheet edition of 1893, also apart from the posthumous edition of 1927 printed without the text).
One of 10 song sheets published by Gustave Ondet in the album Les Vieilles Histoires (5 of the illustrations were provided by Lautrec, the balance were done by Henri-Gabriel Ibels, Henri Rachout and others) printed by Joly, Crevel Seccuss, Paris.
Catalog: Delteil 19; Adhémar 20; Wittrock 6; Adriani 28 ii/ii
10 7/8 x 7 3/4 inches
Sheet Size: 12 15/16 x 9 13/16 inches
Henri Gabriel Ibels persuaded the music publisher Gustave Ondet, who lived in the building which housed the Ancourt printing works at 83 Rue de Faubourg Saint-Denis, to have his printed music and lyrics illustrated by well-known artists. In addition to Ibels himself, Ondet asked Lautrec, Henri Rachou and others to design title pages for the song collection Les Vielles Histoires (The Old Tales). These were poems by Jean Goudezki set to popular romance melodies by Désiré Dihau. Lautrec designed the cover for five of the songs in the series, which consisted of ten overall, including “Pour toi!…”