Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Babylone d'Allemagne (German Babylon), 1894
Brush and spatter lithograph, printed in five colors on cream wove paper, second state
46.38 x 32.75 in
SKU: 12700g
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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" brush and spatter lithograph, printed in five colors on cream wove paper 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 Presented in a gold-finish wood frame with 2.25-inch linen liner and gold fillet. Overall fair condition; wrinkling and planar distortion throughout; original creases present; even toning to paper throughout; some areas of loss; some tide marks; mounted to linen. Restoration available for additional cost of $1800.