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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec "Le Jockey" Lithograph

"In Paris from the autumn of 1899 to the summer of 1900, [Lautrec] seemed to live his former existence, making paintings and prints and maintaining contact with friends... In some ways, he seemed more willing to live conventionally than he had before. He returned to his childhood interest in horses and the race track, having driven himself regularly to Chantilly, the Bois, and Longchamps to watch horses. The works he did now maintained the fine-lined, almost drawing-like quality of his painting” (Frey, p 480). Though "The Jockey” and three other lithographs were created with the intention of publishing a portfolio of horse racing subjects for the print dealer Pierrefort, this was the only one of the four ever realized as a print. But it's one of his finest, conveying the raw energy and speed present on the track. You can almost feel the weight of the hooves as they hit the turf and hear the breath of the animal as it gallops by on this overcast, cold morning.

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Item #: ML-20138
Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Country: France
Circa: 1899
Dimensions: Sheet size: Height 14.2 in., Width 20.3 in. Frame Size: Height 27.5 in., Width 21.5 in.
Materials: Lithograph paper, Giltwood gesso frame
Literature: Delteil 279; Wittrock, 308-II; Adriani, 345-II; PAI-LXXIX, 499
Exhibition History: Le Jockey was created for Pierrefort: approximately 70 proofs in black on china (1st printing) then 112 color proofs (2nd printing, 100 on china, 12 on japan).; This lithograph was on display at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee, in the exhibition, Toulouse-Lautrec: The Guardsmark Collection, from September to October, 1989. This lithograph was also on display at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum from November 17-February 2, 1986

Le Jockey and three other lithographs were created for Pierrefort who wanted to publish a portfolio on the theme of horse racing - a subject which fascinated Lautrec. Only Le Jockey was the subject of an edition: approximately 70 proofs in black on china (1st printing) then 112 color proofs (2nd printing, 100 on china, 12 on japan).