|Description: We offer an original lithographic print by Henri de Toulouse-Loutrec. May Belfort is printed on wove paper, 31” x 23 ¾”, in four colors, using separate lithographic stones and crachis, or splattered ink. It is the fourth state of five, printed in 1895, inscribed in the stone with the publisher’s address “Kleinmann, 8, rue de la Victoire” and Lautrec’s printed monogram at the lower margin.
May Belfort was an Irish singer and performer. She commissioned Lautrec to make a promotional poster for her show where she sang humorous songs holding her pet cat. His deceptively simple, angular composition references Japanese woodblock prints from the ukiyo-e period while evoking Belfort’s quirky, idiosyncratic production.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) was born in Albi, France, the son of wealthy aristocrats. He suffered a multitude of health problems over the course of his short life, from both genetic causes and complications from alcoholism and syphilis. Despite his struggles he managed to produce a huge quantity of innovative paintings, drawings and prints that changed the landscape of art forever. Major collections of his work exist at the Musee d’Orsay, the Met, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Frick, and naturally the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi.
Housed in a 45” x 37” frame retaining a gallery sticker on verso from R. S Johnson Fine Art based in Chicago, with catalogue raisonne reference numbers Delteil 354 and Adhemar 116.
Condition: Not examined out of frame, though it is framed so that the full margins are visible. There is some light overall toning to the paper and overall scattered wrinkling, but still in very good condition and quite presentable.