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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Le Jockey, a lithograph

 

Height: 530.000 mm
Width: 370.000 mm

Campbell Dodgson Bequest

PD 1949-4-11-3650

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    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Le Jockey, a lithograph

    France, AD 1899

    This was one of Toulouse-Lautrec's last lithographs. The publisher Pierrefort intended to issue a portfolio with a racing theme, but Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) was suffering acute alcoholic collapse at this time and this was the only print of the set that was completed. Three further works from the proposed series survive, but only one of these approaches a finished state. The Jockey was issued in two editions, first as a monochrome lithograph, and secondly in a colour version with the addition of five new colour stones.

    The print expresses the power and pace of the racehorses, rather than the jockeys who are shown from behind with a total lack of expressive detail. Toulouse-Lautrec's facility as a draughtsman is clear, as is his ability to distort and exaggerate in order to create atmosphere and character, by excessive foreshortening of the horses' necks in this lithograph.

    The edition was printed by Lautrec's favourite printer H. Stern, who used a most unusual Japan paper for this impression.

    F. Carey and A. Griffiths, From Manet to Toulouse-Lautrec, exh. cat. (London, The British Museum Press, 1978)

    W. Wittrock, Toulouse-Lautrec: the complete (London, Sotheby's Publications, 1985)

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