Art/ Collection/ Art Object

The Seated Clowness (Mademoiselle Cha-u-ka-o) (from the series Elles)

Series/Portfolio:
Elles, 1896
Artist:
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois)
Publisher:
Gustave Pellet (French, Paris 1859–1919 Paris)
Date:
1896
Medium:
Crayon, brush and spatter lithograph with scraper printed in five colors on wove paper with watermark (G. Pellet / T. Lautrec); only state
Dimensions:
Image: 20 9/16 × 15 13/16 in. (52.2 × 40.2 cm) Sheet: 20 9/16 × 15 13/16 in. (52.2 × 40.2 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949
Accession Number:
49.55.50
Not on view
The success of Toulouse-Lautrec's posters advertising Parisian cabarets such as the Moulin Rouge led him to produce deluxe editions of prints of Montmartre's performers, such as this one of the clown and dancer Cha-u-Kao. These lithographs were intended to appeal to fans and print collectors alike. Unlike Lautrec's other images that feature Cha-u-Kao performing, this one captures her off stage in a moment of quiet repose. Her frank pose and almost weary expression suggest we are glimpsing the person behind the persona.
La Clownesse assise (Mademoiselle Cha-u-ka-o)

Inscription: At lower right, in ink: Série no 30

Marking: At lower right, in purple ink: publisher's monogram (Lugt 1190)
paraph of Gustave Pellet, lower right: GP (Lugt 1194)
Alfred Stieglitz (American, Hoboken, New Jersey 1864–1946 New York); Donor: The Estate of Alfred Stieglitz
Denver Art Museum. "Toulouse-Lautrec from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 5, 1999–July 4, 1999.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe," October 13, 2011–January 2, 2012.

Delteil 180; Adhémar 201; Wittrock 156; Adriani 172
Loys Delteil Le Peintre-Graveur Illustré: H. de Toulouse-Lautrec. 10 and 11, Paris, 1920, cat. no. 180.

Jean Adhémar Toulouse-Lautrec: His Complete Lithographs and Drypoints. New York, 1965, cat. no. 201.

Wolfgang Wittrock Toulouse-Lautrec: The Complete Prints. London, 1985, cat. no. 156.

Götz Adriani, Royal Academy of Arts Toulouse-Lautrec, The Complete Graphic Works: A Catalogue Raisonné. Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1988, cat. no. 172.

Colta Ives Toulouse-Lautrec in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, July 2-September 29, 1996. New York, 1996, 68.



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