• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 2163

    Prints & Multiples

    28 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 114


    Miss Loïe Fuller (Delteil 39; Wittrock 17; Adriani 10)

    Price Realised  


    Miss Loïe Fuller (Delteil 39; Wittrock 17; Adriani 10)
    lithograph in colors with hand-applied gold powder, 1893, on ivory wove paper, from the edition of 60 unique color combinations, published by André Marty, Paris, with margins (printed to the edge on two sides), pale light-staining, otherwise in very good condition, framed
    S. 14 5/8 x 10 in. (373 x 274 mm.)

    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Henri Toulouse-Lautrec's unique vision of Miss Loïe Fuller's dazzling performance of her signature 'Serpentine Dance'--performed at the Parisian music hall the Folies-Bergère--is best captured in the present lithograph. The young American dancer's stationary form is barely discernible amid the swirling waves of billowing silk which reflect a vivid range of colors emanating from electric colored lights. This striking interpretation embodies a radiance and ethereal beauty that distinguishes it from popular renditions of Miss Fuller by other contemporary artists such as Jules Chéret and François-Raoul Larche, and represents the first of Lautrec's non-poster color lithographs. The dramatic contour of her gown silhouetted against the shadowy stage and the subtle effects of the dappled colors are enhanced by the addition of gold power applied directly by Lautrec as he individually colored each impression. The artist envisioned his muse from the audience's perspective, thereby heightening the sense of spectacle and drawing attention to his own role as a flâneur of modern Parisian life.


    Dr. O Mascha (Lugt 1904)

    Pre-Lot Text