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Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)
Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)

Marin fumant

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Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)
Marin fumant
gouache and watercolor over pencil on paper
9 3/8 x 5 7/8 in. (23.7 x 14.8 cm.)
Painted circa 1879-1880
Provenance
Raymond Adolphe Séré de Rivières, Paris (cousin of the artist).
Kate Perls, Paris (by 1945).
By descent from the above to the present owner.
Literature
M.G. Dortu, Toulouse-Lautrec et son oeuvre, New York, 1971, vol. I, p. 478, no. A. 113 (illustrated, p. 479).
Exhibited
New York, Durand-Ruel Galleries, Lautrec at 16, February 1945.

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The present work was painted circa 1879-1880 when the artist was only fifteen years old. Toulouse-Lautrec spent these years in Nice with his family. The American naval ships, "The Trenton" and "The Devastation", were both docked outside of the harbor that summer and early fall. Fascinated by these vessels and their American sailor crews, the artist immediately began recording them in his sketchbooks.

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