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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec "Salon des Cent: Exposition Internationale d'affiches" Lithograph


"Salon des Cent: Exposition Internationale d'affiches," also commonly know as "La Passagère du 54" or "Promendae en Yacht" is a remarkable and romantic lithograph by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in which an elegantly posed and fashionably dressed young woman is caught in repose considering the great expanses of sea before her. The young woman in question was a figure personally, if briefly, known to Lautrec; she was a fellow passenger on a ship Lautrec was taking to visit his mother in Bordeaux in 1895. Despite the fact that she was on her way to Africa to meet her husband, Lautrec became so smitten with her beauty that he stayed on the boat, intent on following her all the way to Dakar. It took Lautrec's traveling companion, Maurice Guibert, to pull the artist off the boat, but he was unable to do so until the ship reached Lisbon.


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Item #: ML-20360
Artist: Henri Toulouse-Lautrec
Country: France
Circa: 1895
Size: 24" height, 17.25" width 
Materials: Lithograph paper, Giltwood gesso frame
Signed: Artists Monogram, "HTL"
Literature: Wittrock P 20, Adriani 137 III, Neumann 1, DFP II 843

Lautrec worked from a photograph taken on board to create this lithograph, which was then bought by the Salon des Cent and used as a poster to advertise their International Poster Exhibition.