Belle Epoque Lithograph from Le Rire after Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1896
This is a vintage lithograph after Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec as published in Le Rire magazine titled “Skating.” In this work, Toulouse-Lautrec gives the viewer a glimpse into the popular social pastime of indoor skating at the turn of the 20th century.
This scene shows a blonde skater, in an elegant brown dress and black hat, holding onto the railing near a gentleman in a top hat. He has bright orange gloves that match his beard and is peering through his monocle as he prepares his drink. In the background, you see a waiter balancing drinks and a variety of ladies and gentlemen. The content of this image, coupled with his playful and bold lines, effortlessly captures the movement and atmosphere of this popular Parisian pastime.
“Skating” was featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters, July 26, 2014-March 22, 2015. It is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and others. This example was exhibited at the Nassau County Museum of Art from July 29, 2016 – November 6, 2016 (see attached label & invitation).
This Lithograph is custom framed: consists of UV blocking Plexiglas; Art care archival foam board backing; Acid free mat; appropriate period, gold colored leafed molding (see attached image). Overall outside frame dimension 19.5″ x 23.5″ (Lithograph dimension 8.75″ x 12.25″, Image dimension showing through the window of mat 8.50″ x 11.875″).
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