Full size sold for $ 120,000 US
Swann Auction Galleries, N.Y. Dec. 2007
"For his friend
and great Montmartre chansonnier, Aristide Bruant, Lautrec made several posters.
Bruant was a strong, forceful, in many ways vulgar entertainer of intimate cabarets,
the kind of places where fashionable society went 'slumming' for thrills. Lautrec
catches the brutal quality and the disdain with which he treated his audiences.
This design is one of the most imposing poster images of all time. The singer
dominates the poster with as much authority as he commanded on stage, the red
scarf forming an exclamation point. The thrust and power are achieved by fine
draftsmanship, excellent colours, and bold composition" (Rennert
This version is from "Das Moderne Plakat " the German
publication included 52 colour plates by the great poster artist's
of the day. Printed by Verlag von Gerhard Kuhtmann, Dresden, 1897.