|Le Theatre Libre Original Lithograph
|Framed and Matted Le Theatre Libre Lithograph
Lithograph in colors on wove paper after Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. A lifetime impression. Transcribed from Lautrec’s 1893 work for Le Theatre Libre. The image, Le Couiffeur (The Hairdresser), was published in the monthly series Les Programmes Illustrees des Theatres et des Cafe-Concerts, a collection of programs for theatres and cafe concerts. This series was pubished by Ernest Maindron and printed by Imprimerie Eugene Verneau in Paris.
– Title: Le Theatre Libre (also called Le Couiffeur), from Les Programmes Illustrees des Theatres et des Cafe-Concerts
– Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (after) (French, 1864-1901)
– Year of Publication: 1897
– Edition size is 1,025. Many of these have not survived in good condition like this one; many have not survived at all.
– Image size 9-1/2 inches H x 7-1/4 inches W (24 cm x 18 cm)
– Sheet size: 12-1/2 inches H x 9-1/2 inches W (32 cm x 24 cm)
– Frame size: 20-1/2 inches H x 18 inches W (52 cm x 46 cm)
Conservation framed in antique olive molding. Finished with off-white linen matting and antique olive filet with gold highlights. All materials are archival and museum quality. Set behind a UV-resistant acrylic cover.
This program cover image for Le Theatre Libre was included in the publication Programmes Illustrees des Theatre et des Café-Concerts. This series took artwork originally created to advertise theater productions and café concerts and made it more widely available. The 1893 design was commissioned by Andre Antoine for his Le Theatre Libre (The Free Theater) and used for two plays Une Faillite (The Bankruptcy) and Le Poet et le Financier (The Poet and the Banker). The lithograph series was published by Ernest Maindron and printed by Imprimerie Eugene Verneau, in Paris.
This printing is noted in Wolfgang Wittrock, Toulouse-Lautrec: The Complete Prints, Volume 1, 1985, page 84.
Price is $495 USD. J D Smith Fine Art will provide a Certificate of Authtenticity to the buyer. Free shipping to North America on this piece. Insurance included in shipping.