Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois) Date: 1892–93
Medium: Lithograph printed in four colors, wove paper
Dimensions: 31-13/16 x 23-15/16 in. (80.8 x 60.8 cm) plus backing border.
Condition, A-/B+ Linen backed with some restoration: relined from an old lining, 8 % of paper loss --restored by Posterfix, on a new Linen backing.
(originally purchased thru Levine auctions in 2015)
Divan Japonais was one of the many café-concerts in late nineteenth-century Paris frequented by Toulouse-Lautrec. His poster advertising the nightspot features two of his favorite Montmartre stars, Yvette Guilbert and Jane Avril. Here, Avril is a spectator, not a performer, as she sits in the foreground with Édouard Dujardin, a dandyish writer and nightclub habitué. In the upper left corner, on stage, is the headless body of Guilbert, recognizable by her trademark long black gloves and gaunt physique.
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