Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Portrait d’un homme, Monsieur X, 1898

Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 - 1901)
Title:Portrait d’un homme, Monsieur X, 1898
Reference:Wittrock 246, Adriani 248
Medium:Drypoint etching on Japan paper
Image:6 3/4 in x 4 1/8 in (17.1 cm x 10.5 cm)
Sheet:14 9/16 in x 9 1/16 in (37 cm x 23 cm)
Framed:21 3/4 in x 19 in (55.2 cm x 48.2 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-5814

Historical Description

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Portrait d'un homme, Monsieur X, 1898 both conceals and reveals the identity of the man. Delicate lines detail a head of hair, as well as a full moustache that sweeps beneath his prominent. His eyes, often one of the most expressive parts of a face, are hidden – there is little that defines them except some light eyebrows under which there is a slight shadow. This adds intrigue to the identity of the man, who is thought to be Arthur Meyer, editor of Le Gaulois, a newspaper created in the late 1800’s.

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 Portrait d'un homme, Monsieur X, 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. 248

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. 246

4. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Portrait d'un homme, Monsieur X, 1898 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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