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    Sale 11966

    Prints & Multiples

    21 September 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 36

    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)

    Reine de Joie

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    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)
    Reine de Joie
    lithograph printed in violet-black, 1892, on wove paper, a rare preparatory working proof of the upper half of the image, some time-staining, small cut-out areas in the margins at left and right and at the lower corners, laid on a linen support
    Image 700 x 950 mm., Sheet 715 x 968 mm.


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    This unrecorded working proof is very likely a faux dècalques, one of a number of impressions pulled from the key stone for the purposes of transferring the design to any additional stones required for colour. A non-greasy ink was used for the transfer so that the design itself didn't print. Using a separate stone for each colour, the outline was then used as a guide for the addition of areas of colour, whether contour or en-bloc. A comparison between the final state of the poster and this present proof shows that Lautrec transferred part of this design onto the red stone, which he used to delineate the contour of the woman's face and her draped arm.

    Literature

    See Delteil 342; Adhémar 5; Wittrock P3; Adriani 5