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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec "Woman at tub" Lithograph


"Woman at tub. (Pl. Of the suite Elles)" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. A sensitive and unusual portrait of a French courtesan, Toulouse-Lautrec engineered this delicate portrayal as part of his Elles series, for which the artist spent weeks living in a brothel situated at the rue des Moulins. Capturing a young female courtesan as she leans over gently to fix a bath, Lautrec imbues the commonplace scene with his particular brand of magic; his sophisticated sketchiness and carefully muted palate adding to the intimacy and meditative calm of the poetically tranquil composition.

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Item #: ML-20135
Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 
Circa: 1896
Country: France 
Dimensions: 15.5" height, 20.25" width (Framed 23.75" height, 28.5" width)
Materials: Lithograph paper, Giltwood gesso frame
Signed: Proof on thin white vellum watermarked "G. PELLET / T. LAUTREC", printed full sheet, numbered (83) in pencil by the publisher G. Pellet then stamped by him (Lugt 1193). Edition of 100 proofs. 
Literature: Delteil 183; Wittrock 159

Though not a practitioner of the Art Nouveau style critics and admirers alike have pointed out that both the style of the woman's hair and the whiplash curve of her bent over form suggest that Henri Toulouse-Lautrec was looking toward the Art Nouveau movement as a source of inspiration in the creation of this work.