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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec "Mademoiselle Églatine's Troupe" Lithograph


This lithograph, entitled "Mademoiselle Églatine's Troupe," by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, was commissioned by Jane Avril, one of the principal dancers in the piece and a great friend of the artist's in 1896. This stunning and internationally iconic work is a clear homage to Toulouse-Lautrec's admiration for the Japanese wood block prints that became popular and commercially available in the Belle Époque era. Its dynamic flatness, kinetic lines, and near monochromatic palette hearken back to the practice of the woodblock print, and are trademark aspects of Toulouse-Lautrec's famed style, which captures movement married with atmosphere to transport the viewer to the very stage he depicts.

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Item #: ML-19668 
Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 
Circa: 1896 
Dimensions: 34" height, 42" width (framed); 23" height, 30.75" width (unframed) 
Materials: Paper, Modern giltwood and gesso frame 
Signed: Maker's mark in the bottom left corner
Literature: Lithograph pictured in Art Nouveau, The French Aesthetic, by Victor Arwas, p. 175; Lithograph also pictured in Posters of the Belle Époque, The Wine Spectator Collection, by Jack Rennert, p. 49, fig. 43

Jane Avril, who commissioned this work, is depicted at the far left, confident in her own unique movement, while the two dancers to her right—including another dancer at the time, Cléopatre Gazelle—nervously and awkwardly look towards Mademoiselle Églantine for direction, demonstrating Avril's free spirited nature, as well as the singularity of her style.