Tolouse-Lautrec’s Aristide Bruant poster to lead sale at Swann

Hope Poirier

Hope Poirier

2016-01-21 15:47:19

Henri Tolouse-Lautrec’s Aristide Bruant Dans Son Cabaret is to cross the block in a sale of posters at Swann Auction Galleries.

It’s estimated to bring $60,000-90,000.

The poster depicts Parisian cabaret star Aristide Bruant, a close friend of Lautrec. He appears on a number of his most iconic posters.

The auction house explains: “Bruant was one of Lautrec's earliest supporters. One year after Lautrec designed his first poster for the Moulin Rouge, Bruant recognized the potential that such potent artwork could have for his own career…

“This is Lautrec's third poster for the performer…

“The broad strokes, flat colors, detailed representation of the singer's face, and the implied arrogance of the performer who would turn his back on his public all served to make this an iconic image.”

Another work by Lautrec, depicting a comedian named Albert Caudieux, is valued at $30,000-50,000.

Not much information survives on Caudieux or his act, although this poster of him remains one of Lautrec’s most celebrated.

It shows Caudieux exiting the stage following the performance.

Tolouse-Lautrec is one of the most colourful figures in the history of Paris – a painter, printmaker and raconteur whose friends include Vincent Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde.

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