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Henri DE TOULOUSE LAUTREC

(1864 – 1901)

His first poster for the Moulin Rouge in 1892, showing "La Goulue" dancing the French cancan was admired not only by the Parisian public but also by the artist Jules Cheret. Toulouse-Lautrec managed to create an overnight sensation. Via this first poster, he broke most of the existing aesthetic rules. He liberated structure, composition, use of light and even typography by repeating “Moulin Rouge” 3 times and using only one “M”. The silhouetted figure of Johnny “le desosse” (the contortionist), suggests a magic lantern and the beginnings of the cinema.
His 30 posters are all totally avant-garde and immediately recognizable. They constitute the absolute reference for graphic designers all over the world. His genius will always be unique, and his posters will never be equaled.

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Jane Avril

1893

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Aristide Bruant dans son Cabaret, Prochainement au Théâtre

1893

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Adolphe ou le jeune homme triste par Maurice Donnay, créé par Yvette Guilbert, Paul Dupont éditeur

1894

CHF 1400.–

May Milton, proof with the bandjo player, hand-signed and numbered 23/25

1895

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Divan Japonais, 75 rue des Martyrs

1896

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La revue blanche, bi-mensuelle, Paris

1897

CHF 1850.–

Moulin Rouge, Bal tous les soirs, la Goulue

1898

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Les vieux Messieurs, monologue par Maurice Donnay, Société d'éditions musicales

circa 1905

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Ambassadeurs, Aristide Briant dans son cabaret

1906

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Les chansonniers de Montmartre, numéro spécial Artistide Bruant

1906

CHF 1200.–

Moulin Rouge

circa 1955

CHF 220.–

Gravures rares de Grands Maîtres, Galerie 65

1964

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