Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901), French
JANE AVRIL, 1893
Colour lithographic poster; signed with initials in the plate lower left , signed and dated “93” in the plate bottom centre. Printed by Chaix, Paris. Published by Jardin de Paris.
Sheet 32.2" x 23.4" — 81.9 x 59.5 cm.
No artist captured the underbelly of nocturnal life in fin-de-siècle Paris better than Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Framed beautifully by a shaded cellist’s handle, Jane Avril, 1893 takes you to the energetic spirit and secret world of the Moulin Rouge. The lingering perspective of a vast stage, with its starlette, Avril demonstrating her signature “cancan” moves offers a fascinating contrast between private and public worlds. Avril was a close friend of the artist, and commissioned this poster to advertise her upcoming show at the Jardin de Paris. The print is comprised of several layers of subdued tones appropriate for this time: black, orange, yellow and green, demonstrating the artist’s mastery of the printmaking process.
Private Collection, Toronto