This lithograph is after listed artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and is titled "La Malade (The Patient)". In this scene, a man lies prone in bed-rest. A candle and an assortment of medicine rest on a small bed stand. An attendant has just entered the room carrying a bowl of soup.
This piece has been initialed in the stone by the artist and is from the suite "Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, Dessinateur" which was published in 1948 by Quatre Chemins-Editart, Paris. This lithograph is number 307 of the first 500 examples reserved for the Shoman Art Company of New York out of the total edition of 1100 examples. A certificate of authenticity is included with this piece, as well as a facsimile of folio information which includes edition number. The framed dimensions of this piece are .
Henri Toulouse - Lautrec (1864 - 1901), along with Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin are known as the greatest post impressionist painters. Toulouse was born into aristocracy in the Toulouse region of France. When he was 13 he injured both of his thigh bones which set incorrectly and stunted his growth throughout his short life. His artistic talent had been noted at an early age and by 8 years old he was sketching and taking informal art lessons with a family friend. His first drawings are of horses and carriages, are extremely well done showing a keen eye for movement and anatomy. His talent was such that his mother encouraged him to study art and in 1882 he moved to Paris to study and made friends with Van Gogh, Emile Bernard, and other artists and characters of 19th century Parisian society.
Lautrec began working making posters for the newly opened cabarets of the Montmarte district, where he lived and worked for almost 20 years. His strong sense of color and design put him as the leading poster designer and the Moulin Rouge kept a seat reserved for him and displayed his art.
His art is known for an immediacy of subject and he detested posed models. He was a strong supporter of Renoir and Monet's bathers. It is because of his talent to characterize the sitter so astutely that he painted numerous portraits from society belles to dancers, circus performers and prostitutes.
because of a continuing battle with alcoholism his career spanned
a mere 20 years, however his body of work is the output of a lifetime. His work is characterized by a linear style that gives great emphasis to contour and composition.
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