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At the Concert, 1896

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
French, 1864 - 1901
brush and crachis zincograph, with scraper, in five colours on wove paper
38.3 x 31.2 cm sight
Gift of the American Friends of Canada Committee, Inc., 1994, through the generosity of David Rockefeller
National Gallery of Canada (no. 37216)

double portrait of the artist's cousin Gabriel Tapié de Céleyran and Émilienne d'Alençon at the café-concert Les Décadents
It is a testament to Toulouse-Lautrec's international fame as a graphic artist that this print was commissioned by Ault & Wiborg Co., a US manufacturer of printing and lithographic ink. The artist signed this trial proof before the plate was shipped to America, where lettering was added identifying the business, thus transforming the lithograph into an advertising poster. There are only eight known impressions without lettering in public collections, including this one. The models have been identified as the artist's cousin Gabriel Tapié de Céleyran and the cabaret dancer Émilienne d'Alençon.


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