Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Croquis, 1898

Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 - 1901)
Title:Croquis, 1898
Reference:Wittrock 245, Adriani 247
Medium:Drypoint etching on Japan paper
Image Size:6 1/4 in x 4 3/4 in (15.9 cm x 12.1 cm)
Sheet Size:14 9/16 in x 9 1/16 in (37cm x 23 cm)
Framed Size:21 1/5 in x 19 1/2 in (53.8 cm x 49.5 cm)
Edition:From the 1911 edition of 15 known impressions.
Signature:This work contains the Toulouse-Lautrec red monogram stamp (Lugt 1338) in the lower right.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-5813
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Historical Description

Four profiles are detailed on Henri Toulouse-Lautrec Croquis, 1898, translating to ‘sketch’. A man in a top hat dominates the upper left corner, with detailed crosshatching to create depth on his hat.  Below him is a faint profile of a man who is defined by his goatee, which points out from his chin. Dominating the center of the etching is the largest profile of a weary looking man, whose face is deeply lined and his mouth gently opened in a sigh. The only recognizable portrait is that of the wrestler Ville in the lower right. Interestingly, Toulouse-Lautrec has drawn his full naked body, as he runs off the side of the etching. Many of his features are exaggerated, including his nose and genitals, and he smirks. Toulouse-Lautrec shows his uncanny ability to portray personality and emotions through delicately drawn, line-based portraits.

Created in 1898, this drypoint etching on zinc on Japan paper is stamped with Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s (Albi, 1864 – Château Malrôme, 1901) monogram ‘TL’ in red in the lower right margin. From the edition of around 25 known impressions, 15 of which are numbered. Published by Manzi, Joyant, & Cie, Paris in 1911.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Croquis, 1898 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

1. Adriani, Götz. Toulouse-Lautrec: The Complete Graphic Works – A Catalogue Raisonné. London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 247

2. Lugt, F. (1988). Les marques de collections de dessins & d’estampes. Alan Wofsy Fine Arts: San Francisco. Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s stamp listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 1338 on pg. 240.

3. Wittrock, Wolfgang. Toulouse-Lautrec: The Complete Prints. London: Sotheby’s Publications, 1985. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 245

4. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Croquis, 1898 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

Subject Matter: Classic Under $15k Portrait