At the Cirque Fernando

Loge with a Gilded Mascaron (La Loge au mascaron doré), 1893
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French, 1864-1901
Lithograph on paper, edition of 100
Kasser Mochary Collection,
"The Figure Examined", at Tucson Museum of Art

Detail of Loge with a Gilded Mascaron
Photos © Joan Ann Lansberry

"It has been said that on the whole the lithographs of Toulouse-Lautrec are a more innovative, exceptional body of work than his paintings. Few artists have so successfully exploited a printmaking medium. Lautrec was captivated by lithography and employed it for a wide range of expressive purposes, from the delicate drawing of a little mouse to the broad patterning of a bawdy cabaret singer. The works reveal all the riches of this incomparable artist: his acute powers of observation and his humanity, his flamboyant approach to color and his marvelous draftsmanship, his manipulation of a lithographic stone to convey both subtle and dynamic imagery." (From the Preface to Great Lithographs by Toulouse-Lautrec, commentary by Theodore B. Donson and Marvel M. Griepp (Dover Publications 1982))

Lithograph as used for poster, the large detail-less space was used for text
"Toulouse-Lautrec's 'La Loge au Mascaron Doré' (The Box with the Gilded Mask), [was] designed as a poster for [Andre] Antoine's last Théâtre Libre production, Le Missionaire (24 Apr. 1894) and for La Gitane at the Théâtre Antoine. (Photo Villa) (From a description in André Antoine, by Jean Chothia, (Cambridge University Press 1991), page 84)