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P. Sescau / Photographe. 1894.

P. Sescau / Photographe. 1894.

Item Description:

Size: 31 1/4 x 24 3/4 in./79.4 x 62.7 cm
Condition: A/ Framed.
Reference: Ref: Witrock, P22B; Adriani 60-II; Wagner, 15; PAI-LXII, 571
Key Words: Art Nouveau; Artist: Toulouse-Lautrec

Toulouse-Lautrec, like Degas, used many of the techniques and tropes of photography in his art. The photographer Paul Sescau, a friend of Lautrec's, was the first to photograph Lautrec's own artistic works. So when Lautrec was invited to create a poster for Sescau's photographic studio, all kinds of double meanings and in-jokes were bound to come into play. "The woman's (possibly Jane Avril) contracted and shrinking attitude, suggesting that she is fleeing from the camera, is an ironic comment probably intended for Sescau, who ‘used his studio mainly for seduction’" (Wagner, p. 26). The phallicly dangling shadowcloth between the photographer's legs, the phallic projection of the camera itself, and the multitudes of question marks adorning the woman's dress complete the picture. This is the first-state, with mask, and hand-signed with dedication "à Kleinmann" – his publisher, gallerist and friend who did much to promote his art.

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$ 60,000.00 ( Low est. )
Lot 436 in PAI-LXXVI: Rare Posters
AUCTION DATE: Sep 28, 2018 at 9:00am EDT


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P. Sescau / Photographe. 1894.

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