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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
AU BOIS DE BOULOGNE
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LOT SOLD. 1,690,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
AU BOIS DE BOULOGNE
Estimate
600,000800,000
LOT SOLD. 1,690,000 USD
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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
1864 - 1901
AU BOIS DE BOULOGNE
Signed H.T. Lautrec and dated 1901 (lower left)
Oil on canvas
22 by 18 1/4 in.
55.9 by 46.4 cm
Painted in 1901. 
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Provenance

Petitdidier Collection, France
M. Fiquet, Paris
Moch Collection, France
Roy J. Carver, Iowa
Sale: Christie's, New York, November 15, 1983, lot 61
Sale: Christie's, New York, May 5, 2005, lot 227
Private Collection, Connecticut (acquired at the above sale and sold: Sotheby's, London, June 20, 2007, lot 319)
Acquired at the above sale

Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Rosenberg, Expositions des oeuvres de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1914, no. 36

Literature

Maurice Joyant, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paris, 1926, illustrated p. 257
Gotthard Jedlicka, Henri de Toulouise-Lautrec, Berlin, 1928, p. 387
Walter Kern, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bern, 1948, p. 18
Douglas Cooper, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, New York, 1966, p. 47
Denys Sutton & G.M. Sugana, The Complete Paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec, New York, 1969, no. 524a, illustrated p. 120
Madeline G. Dortu, Toulouse-Lautrec et son oeuvre, vol. III, New York, 1971, illustrated p. 441
Bruno Foucart, Tout l'oeuvre peint de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paris, 1986, no. 667, illustrated p. 129

Catalogue Note

The present work was executed in Paris between late April and mid July during the final act of Lautrec's career, before his tragic demise brought about by chronic alcoholism. Right up until his timely death, Toulouse-Lautrec was to remain an acute observer of social behavior, and the subject of his work is the disengaged voyeurism of Parisian social society. The archetypal Lautrec motif of being led into the scene over the shoulder of a read three-quarter profile places both the viewer and the artist in the role of flâneur, both playing witness to and participating in the act of disassociated watching. At the same time Lautrec incites our curiosity and ignorance as the object of the woman's gaze is in fact directed outside the picture frame; indeed, the mystery of the scene is accentuated by the viewer's inability to discern the physiognomy of the central female in the white dress. The flâneur is therefore reduced to a peripheral spectator, observing but unable to interpret or interact with the social scene. 

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