HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (1864-1901), French
REINE DE JOIE PAR VICTOR JOZE CHEZ TOUS LES LIBRAIRES, 1892 [DELTEIL, 342; ADHÉMAR, 5; ADRIANI, 5]
Colour lithograph with letters on two sheets of paper; signed in the plate lower left, with letters “Imp. Edw. Ancourt & Cie, Paris” of the printer in the plate lower right edge.
Sheet 53.5 x 36.25 in — 135.9 x 92.1 cm
Lautrec designed this scarce, early lithographic poster for his friend Victor Joze, a Polish writer of erotic novels, advertising his book whose full title was Reine de Joie / Moeurs du Demi-Monde (Queen of Joy / Customs of the Demi-Monde). The book became very rare when it was pulled from circulation by Baron Rothschild who sued the publishers claiming his image was depicted in the poster. The characters depicted instead are Georges Lasserre and the Luzarche d'Azay.
Estate of Grover Burgis, Inventory Nos. 101-306138/ M217638 to unidentified typed label verso;
Private Collection, Toronto