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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec "La Tige, Moulin Rouge" Lithograph

A French Art Nouveau lithograph "La Tige, Moulin Rouge" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The work, as with many of Lautrec’s crayon lithographs, is imbued with a spirit of tongue and cheek euphemism and satirical caricature. La tige was slang for a cigarette. Lautrec depicts the eponymous cigarettes in the mouths of two behatted men in the background. In the foreground, a lady in profile wears a squirrel stole. As squirrel was the cheapest of furs, she can be identified as a member of the working class. Her kohl-rimmed eyes and black bow mark her as a sex worker, a member of the demimonde.

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Item #: ML-20530
Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Country: France
Circa: 1894
Dimensions: 13.625 height, 10.125" width
Materials: Lithograph paper, Giltwood gesso frame
Signed: with Lautrec’s red monogram stamp
Literature: Ref: Wittrock, 63; Adriani, 97

CURATOR'S NOTES:La tige was also slang for male genitalia. These salacious interests are referenced by the leering man in the midground. This lithograph is one of 100 numbered copies (#22)