Plate: PL. 238
|Title: Chaine Simpson|
Condition A. Original lithograph from
"Les Maitre de L'Affiches" series. |
by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris, 1900.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing
labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via FedEx.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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|Maitre Sheet Size:||11 3/8 in x
15 3/4 in|
| ||29 cm x 40 cm|
Price: $1250.00 USD
Same size and version sold for $ 3.840 US
Swann Auctions N.Y. Feb. 2010
Full size sold for $ 41,400 US
Poster Auctions International, N.Y. May 2005.
"In her recent excellent
biography of Lautrec, Julia Frey indicates that 'Henry, the frustrated
athlete, was compulsively familiar with the vocabulary and technical
aspects of a variety of sports in which he could participate as a
spectator: horse and bicycle racing, wrestling, yachting, bullfighting.
He watched them all with the same intensity that he watched a line
of dancers or a circus bareback rider, attracted by the beauty of
movement, but also by the smells, sounds and excitement of the spectacle
(Frey, p.353) His 'insider'
knowledge of the cycling field shows up abundantly in this poster
for the French agent of the Simpson bicycle chain company. In the
foreground is the champion cyclist Constant Huret.
Constant Huret _Tristan
In the background are Tristan Bernard, the sports impresario who was
a close friend of Lautrec, with Louis Bouglé, the French agent who
adopted the name 'Spoke.' A touch of levity is added by what appears
to be a 'bicycle-built-for-ten' in the upper-left corner, in fact
it's two five-seaters, known at the time as 'quints.'"(Rennert,
"The bicycle was all the rage in Paris in the 1890s, whether
for sport or leisure. Lautrec's poster for the bicycle chains made
by the Simpson company shows a race scene involving teams of riders
on machines with several saddles, as well as at least one rider cycling
alone; the implication is perhaps that the Simpson chain gives one
man the power of many. "L.B. Spoke" was the name of the bicycle store
run by the Simpson representative in France, Louis Bouglé. This is
Lautrec's second try at the commission for Bouglé, and is more successful
in every way than the initial
Makes a great companion piece. See TL.21
He not only revised the chain to an accurate scale (responding to
Bouglé's objection to the first proposal) but infused the scene with
the excitement of a race, complete with band playing in the infield.
The first attempt depicts a training scene, while here dozens of cyclists
are buzzing around the track, hunching over in keen competition, with
a feeling of energy and speed that by contrast makes Jimmy Michaël
in the first design appear stationary. Lautrec added to the illusion
of velocity by allowing some of the wheels to disappear into invisible
spins. This second poster met with Bouglé's approval." (San Diego
Museum of Art)
"I remember seeing a grainy b&w photo of a beautiful young racer
girl using the Simpson Chain. When I saw Lautrec's rendition, I assumed
this was a non-cycling artists interpretation of the chain, but I
was pleasantly surprised to see in the photo the chain really DOES
look as Lautrec depicted!
Doubting Lautrec was foolish on my part, because, as I later learned,
he was an avid fan of cycling (and several other sports). Lautrec
was a keen observer of these events and often seen trotting up and
down alongside the track to get closer views of the athletes, their
equipment and the progress of the competition. It is well known that
he captured and rendered most details quite accurately.
The Simpson Lever Chain riding cyclist drafting on the similarly equipped
tandem is Constant Huret. The tandems are "quints", or five-seaters,
which were popular as draft vehicles before the derny. The men in
centerfield are William Spears Simpson and Louis "Spoke" Bouglé."
The racer in the photo was the Belgian track cyclist "Hélène Dutrieu"
who later became the first woman licensed to fly an airplane in Europe."(http://cycling.ahands.org/simpson.html)