Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), JANE AVRIL, 1899, original brush lithograph poster printed in four colors (from three stones) on wove paper, printed by H. Stern, Paris. Titled, dated and monogrammed in the stone. Depicts the famous Moulin Rouge dancer with a snake coiled around her dress. Jane Avril was one of Lautrec's lifelong friends and a devoted patron; this was the final poster commissioned by Avril to advertise her work. To create it, Lautrec used a technique which enabled four different colors to be applied in only three printings. Sheet – 563 mm x 381 mm (22 3/16" x 15"). Frame – 828.67 mm x 635 mm (32-5/8" x 25"). Ref. Wittrock P-29B, Delteil 367 II , Adriani 360 III. Note: "Jane Avril" was used as the cover image for the 2014 book accompanying the recent exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art: "The Paris of Toulouse Lautrec: Prints and Posters from the Museum of Modern Art" by Sarah Suzuki. Provenance: From the collection of the late Dan Evins, co-founder of the Cracker Barrel Restaurant chain. CONDITION: Sheet adhered to auxiliary support. Image printed to edges at top and lower sheet edges, left side with 10 mm margin. General toning and fading overall; examined out of frame, less faded colors are evident in 5 mm sections at bottom of sheet edge and top left edge where they have been covered by a mat. Five repaired tears, largest being 48 mm, smallest being 3 mm; two on left sheet edge, one at top and two on right sheet edge. Hinge mounted.
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