(French, 1864-1901)
Jane Avril
lithograph in colors
dedicated and signed pencil [...] a alexandre HTLautrec, l.r.; marked "Imp. Chaix, 20 Rue Bergere Paris," l.l. with signature and date, l.c.
sight: 48 x 35 in., frame: 56 1/2 x 43 1/2 in.

Provenance: Purchased in Paris by Mr. & Mrs. J.P. McWilliams; by descent in the family.

Other Notes: Jane Avril (1868-1943), a can-can dancer in Paris, was a close friend of the Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. He depicted her many times throughout their friendship, both in her role as a dancer and as a private individual, and each work demonstrates the respect and intimacy the two shared. They are thought to have met at the Moulin Rouge in Paris - she danced there beginning in 1889, while Lautrec was a frequent visitor to the establishment and had been commissioned to create a series of posters for the venue. Avril commissioned Lautrec to create this poster for her 1894 cabaret show at the Jardin de Paris, a major café on the Champs Elysees. The present lot is a particularly notable example of this rare poster, as it is dedicated and signed in pencil in the lower right corner.

  • Condition: Condition: This work has not been examined out of the frame. Colors rich. Repaired tears visible, mainly extending from top edge of paper, most signficantly one through the letter "V" into the background below; and one into Jane Avril's hat; paper wrinkled l.l. corner; two horizontal creases, center.

    This work was professionally conserved in 1990 by Frank Fabry, Cleveland in conjunction with it being framed by The Wood Trader, Cleveland.

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