Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901)
La Clownesse Cha-u-Kao, 1895
Limited edition offset lithograph, edition of 1000
28 ¼ x 22 inches (paper size), 21 5/8 x 17 3/8 inches (image size)
Signed in pencil in the lower left by Count de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1900- ), first cousin and last living relative of the artist Henri de Toulouse Lautrec (French, 1864-1901). Printed on Rives paper at Arts Litho in Paris during January–April 1992, with the dry stamp embossment of the publisher Éditions des Légendes in lower right.
As the key name in late 19th century French lithography, Toulouse-Lautrec single-handedly elevated color lithography from commercial advertising to fine art. Here, one of Lautrec’s favorite models, Mademoiselle Cha-u-Kao is depicted at the Moulin Rouge. A woman of many guises – actress, clown, dancer, gymnast, equine star, and acrobat – she adopted her name “Cha-u-Kao” from the evocative name Chauhut-Chaos (“chahut et chaos” or “noise and chaos”) for a particularly wild variation of the cancan. This print is a lithograph from the original oil on canvas of the same name in the Oskar Reinhart Collection, Switzerland .
This artwork is unframed.
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