Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Babylone d'Allemagne (German Babylon), 1894
Brush and spatter lithograph, printed in five colors on cream wove paper archivally mounted on canvas, second state
46.38 x 32.75 in
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'Babylone d'Allemagne' or 'German Babylon' is an original lithograph poster by the lauded artist of the Art Nouveau style Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. This is the second poster that Lautrec designed to advertise a novel by the Polish author Victor Joze. In the poster, a stiff Prussian officer sits atop a horse, a not-so-subtle jab at the German military. Indeed, the poster caused a stir, offending the German ambassador to France and nearly starting an international incident. The poster as it appears is the second state: the first state of the poster contains none of the text of the title of the book, which was added later by a hand other than that of Lautrec. The text of the poster reads: "Babylone d'Allemagne par Victor Joze chez tous les libraries," or "Babylon of Germany by Victor Joze at all libraries" Original color lithograph, brush and spatter technique used, printed in five colors on cream woven paper. A great example of Toulouse-Lautrec's mastery of the poster. second state of two 46.38 x 32.75 inches, image 57.75 x 44 inches, frame Published by Victor Joze, Paris Printed by Chaix, Paris artist's monogram, signature and date in the stone, lower left Reference: Delteil 351 I; Wittrock p12; Adhemar 68 Fully restored and archivally framed. Museum Acrylate glazing to prohibit 99% UV light fading and remove 90-95% glare & reflection for the best viewing experience, unbreakable. Mounted on linen.