Lautrec – La Chaine Simpson Lithograph.
Vibrant coloured rare lithograph printed by Mourlot Press in France 1967.
THE bicycle was all the rage in Paris in the 1890s, whether for sport or leisure. Lautrec’s painting
Lautrec’s poster for the bicycle chains made by the Simpson company shows a race scene involving teams of riders on machines with several saddles, as well as at least one rider cycling alone; the implication is perhaps that the Simpson chain gives one man the power of many. “L.B. Spoke” was the name of the bicycle store run by the Simpson representative in France, Louis Bouglé.
Signed in the panel.
Printed on heavy, quality white stock, 27cm x 37cm (10.5 x 13.5″); a superb vibrant coloured impression.
The Atelier Mourlot was the leading lithographic printer of the 20th century, famous for printing the posters and lithographs of such artists as Picasso, Chagall, Miro, Braque, Leger, Matisse and others.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1864-1901
French painter, draughtsman and lithographer. Born at Albi, son of Comte Alphonse de Toulouse-Lautrec. As a result of falls while a boy, broke both legs and was left a dwarf, with a normal torso on two stunted legs. Began to draw at an early age and in 1882 went to Paris to study under Princeteau, a painter of animals. Studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts 1882-6, under Bonnat and Cormon; met Emile Bernard, Anquetin and van Gogh. Settled in Montmartre in 1886. Took as subject-matter the dance halls, cabarets and music-halls, such as the Moulin Rouge and the Moulin de la Galette, and dancers and singers like La Goulue, Jane Avril and Yvette Guilbert. Began to make posters in 1891 and colour prints 1892; his posters were appreciated sooner than his paintings. Made many paintings and drawings in 1892-5 inspired by life in the Parisian brothels. First one-man exhibition at the Galerie Boussod-Valadon, Paris, 1893. From 1898 his health began to deteriorate seriously due to alcoholism. Died at Malromé .