Cover for L'Estampe originale, Album I, publiée par les Journal des Artistes
L'Estampe originale, Album I
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois)
Edward Ancourt (French, 19th century)
André Marty (French, born 1857)
Lithograph printed in six colors on folded wove paper; only state
Sheet: 23 in. × 32 5/8 in. (58.4 × 82.8 cm)
Image: 22 1/4 × 25 11/16 in. (56.5 × 65.2 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1922
Not on view
Print albums were a popular means for dealers and publishers to promote the work of artists. These portfolios ranged widely in quality and price and offered collectors a preassembled and expertly chosen selection of contemporary art. Published from 1893 to 1895, L’Estampe Originale was among the most popular examples of the genre, in spite of its short lifespan. Toulouse-Lautrec’s cover for the inaugural edition shows the expert printer Père Cotelle presenting cabaret performer Jane Avril with a newly printed artwork. In this depiction of his two close friends, Toulouse-Lautrec intended to suggest the modernity and stylishness of lithography during the 1890s.
Signature: At lower left, in graphite: HTLautrec / No. 73; at upper right, on stone: T Lautrec 93; at lower right, on stone: HTL (circular monogram)
Denver Art Museum. "Toulouse-Lautrec from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 5, 1999–July 4, 1999.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," August 27, 2013–November 18, 2013.