We are very pleased to present Toulouse-Lautrec posters from the original 1950 Andre Sauret edition, now itself a rare vintage issue. From 1891 to 1900, Toulouse-Lautrec published 31 posters of the people of Montmartre, the Bohemian district of Paris where he lived with other famous artists of the time, such as Van Gogh. It was the “Street Art” of the 19th century and features a diverse selection of places and people, from the Moulin Rouge and Aristide Bruant, to cyclist Jimmy Michael, and even Napoleon. His inspiration was in the inhabitants and locations in
Montmartre, inhabited by the demi-monde of showgirls, ladies of pleasure, artists, philosophers and poets, a very different environment from his aristocratic upbringing.
Each print is on high quality, thick paper measuring approximately 9 1/2 by 12 1/2 inches, in brilliant color with no defects. They are stone lithographs from originals in the collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale Library in Paris. The Sauret Edition is now very scarce and was made with great care, entirely unlike the “art poster” reproductions commonly available today.