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Jane Avril. 1899.

Jane Avril. 1899.

Item Description:

Artist: HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (1864-1901)
Size: 13 3/4 x 21 1/8 in./35 x 53.7 cm
Condition: A/ Framed.
Printer: H. Stern, Paris
Reference: Ref: Wittrock, P29B; Adriani, 354-II; Abdy, p. 80; DFP-II, 851; Wagner, 30; PAI-XLIX, 497
Key Words: Art Nouveau

Jane Avril. 1899.
One of the landmark works of the Art Nouveau period, this 1899 lithograph of Jane Avril is the second-to-last poster Toulouse-Lautrec would ever design. It was a fitting, poetic coda for the artist. Avril and Lautrec's friendship blossomed with their careers. Beautiful but shy, elegant but melancholic, Avril was the opposite of La Goulue, her boisterous rival at the Moulin-Rouge. But with several superb early posters, Lautrec elevated her fame such that Avril replaced La Goulue as the star of the show in 1895. In the early months of 1899, Toulouse-Lautrec had a nervous breakdown and was confined to a sanatorium. Out of friendship, Avril commissioned this work from him. Working from a photograph as an aide-mémoire, Lautrec "distilled the very essence of Avril, where the serpentine nature of her dancing is emphasized by her swaying body. . .and the wrap-around snake motif. . ." (National Gallery of Australia). "She liked the poster very much, but her impresario refused it, and it was never shown" (Abdy, pp. 80-81). For this poster, Lautrec used an innovative process which required only three printings for the four colors used (Adriani, p. 411).

About The Artist:

HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (1864-1901)

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