La Goulue - 1891
VINTAGE FRENCH POSTER - GICLÉE PRINT
This vintage French poster is an example of "Affiche
Parisian Cancan dancer Louise Weber, known as "La Goulue" at the Mouline
Rouge music hall. The artist is Henri de
Toulouse-Lautrec published in 1891.
Dimensions: 16.5" x 24"
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La Goulue, 1891
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self-adhesive fabric that resists water, wrinkles and tears.
Can be repositioned with ease without damaging walls. No
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Artists in the late 1800s found
opportunities to present their work to the masses through advertising art
that began to appear as billboards and posters, plastering the streets of
Paris. “Affiche Artistique” was the term that the French used to describe a
poster that contained artistic expression. The art was so impressive
to the public, people began to collect the posters as soon as they went up,
which is why they are so scarce today. Artists such as Henri
Toulouse-Lautrec, Alphonse Mucha, Jules Chéret, Théophile-Alexandre
Steinlen, Pierre Bonnard and Eugène Grasset contributed to the creative body
of work that became what some called “a free museum for the masses”.
The craze for collecting these examples of modern art was even given the
name, "affichomanie", meaning “artistic poster mania”. Collectors today pay
hundreds, if not thousands for original prints of these rare posters.
We offer these exceptional vintage poster reproductions in
the highest possible print quality. Superior to most reproductions
currently available on the market, our gallery quality prints are suitable
for display in an art gallery or museum. We begin with an ultra high
resolution scan of the original artifact which we leave untouched, leaving
intact the slightly distressed vintage character desirable in a collectible
piece of this era. Our state of the art, giclée reproduction process
uses the latest technology: microscopic droplets of ink that render such a
high resolution, that every minute detail of the original is intact.
Every pen line and brush stroke is visible. Even very faint pencil
lines are also visible due to the incredibly high quality of the
reproduction process. Our 8 color, archival quality inks and giclée
printing process provide the most accurate color reproduction & are proven
to last over a hundred years. Posters are available printed on museum
quality archival paper or on repositionable media that allow you to plaster
your walls with the “Affiche Artistique”, just as they were originally
intended to be displayed.
About the artist:
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
French, 1864 – 1901
an overnight sensation with his first poster, a depiction of the Moulin
Rouge dance hall in 1891, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec became synonymous with the
Post-Impressionist style. Born at the Chateau de Malromé near Albi, he
father was the Comte Alphonse de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa, descendant of the
Counts of Toulouse and Lautrec and the “Viscounts of Monfa”. His early
life was privileged and included informal art lessons while living in Paris
with his mother. Henri suffered some genetic problems that resulted in
his legs failing to grow to normal size, leaving him only 5’1”, with normal
torso but child-size legs. His mother took Henri back to Albi and
pursued treatments trying to restore his health and growth, but to no avail.
Returning to Paris in 1882, Lautrec settled in Montemarte, the center of the
bohemian artistic culture in Paris, where he studied painting under Léon
Bonnat and Fernand Cormon. Lautrec rarely left Montemarte for the next
twenty years, becoming a friend to both Vincent and Theo Van Gogh and many
other artists of the era. Lautrec died in 1901 at the young age of
Considered one of the great
Post-Impressionist painters, “La blanchisseuse”, an early painting by
Toulouse-Lautrec, sold for $22.4 million at a Christie’s auction in 2005.
It is believed that Louise Weber was
born into a Jewish family in the Alsace region of France, and that at a very
young age she moved to Paris with her mother who
worked in a laundry. From the age of 16, Louise began dancing at small
clubs, while working with her mother in the laundry during the day.
She would find the opportunity to “borrow” clothing from the laundry to be a
benefit to her early career. She developed a style of dancing that
audiences loved, teasing the males present with a flash of embroidered
underwear or flicking their hats off with her foot. She was given the
nickname “The Glutton”, or “La Goulue” for her habit of quickly drinking the
contents of a customer’s glass as she danced by.
“La Goulue” became a headliner act at
the Moulin Rouge with her early version of Cancan called “chahut”. As
the Cancan grew in popularity at the Moulin Rouge, so did Louise’s
reputation as a major Parisian star, becoming known as the “Queen of
Montemartre”. She became on of the favorite models for
Sadly, Louise Weber’s fortunes
declined when she attempted to start her own touring dance troupe and she
soon found herself destitute. The woman who had once been the highest
paid star in Paris spent the last year of her life in Montmartre, selling
matches and peanuts on a street corner, unrecognized by her former public.
She died in Paris and was originally buried in the suburb of Pantin.
Her remains were later transferred to the Cimetière de Montmartre.