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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec "Débauché" Lithograph


Created by the same hand that so famously advertised Le Moulin Rouge, this exceptional poster by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec demonstrates the artist's remarkable ability to capture mood and atmosphere, with a stunning psychological fidelity to his subjects, in what appears to be a just a few broad, gestural strokes. Titled "Débauché," this lithograph shows the clear influence of the impressionist master that Toulouse-Lautrec most admired (and whom he was briefly neighbors with): Edgar Degas. Similar in its "Japonisme" influence, its sketchy quality, and its narrative power, this moving, multilayered scene is brought to life without being overpowered by the artist's magnificent abilities.

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Item #: ML-19935 
Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 
Country: France 
Circa: 1896 
Dimensions: 11" height, 15.25" width 
Materials: Lithograph paper, Giltwood gesso frame 
Provenance: Isselbacher Gallery, New York; Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1981 
Literature/Exhibition History: This particular lithograph is from the second edition of 100, published by Arnould, Paris, on woven paper; Lithograph featured at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, in the exhibition, Toulouse-Lautrec: The Guardsmark Collection, in Memphis, Tennessee, from September to October, 1989 and included in the catalogue (no. 33, p. 54, illustrated in color)

Of the sketchiness and unfinished quality of his works, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec once remarked to his favorite cousin, “These people get on my nerves. They want me to finish my works, but that is how I see things, so I paint them that way. After all, it is so easy to finish things […] There’s nothing simpler than to finish a painting in an eternal sense. It’s the very glibbest of lies."