Star Center Antique Mall has been lucky enough to obtain two original Lautrec lithographs for sale. Lautrec's lithographs were intended to be throw-away advertisements for shows, which is why few original examples survive today.

May Milton

This poster was allegedly prepared for an American tour which never materialized. May Milton appeared at the Rue Fontaine for only one winter. Nothing is known of where she had been born or of what became of her. Her fame is entirely due to Lautrec.

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Troup de Mille Eglantine

In 1897, Jane Avril went to try and make it in London with three friends, Eglantine, Cléopatre and Gazelle. She asked Lautrec to make a poster of the group, whose success in England was to be short-lived. The painter invented a new style by drawing a lithograph showing the dancers in a row, all in the same position, but all with their own very distinct characteristics.

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Lithographs (literally, “stone drawings”)
are based on the principle that water and oil repel one another. To create a lithographic print, the artist draws on a hard, flat surface– usually limestone –with an oil-based material such as lithographic crayon, which is then chemically “fixed.” Next, the stone is washed with water, which covers the blank areas but is repelled from the image. The greasy printing ink is rolled over the stone, adhering only to the image, which the ink is repelled by the blank wet areas. Finally, paper is laid on the surface and pressure is applied to create the lithographic print, which is a mirror image or the original drawing. Color lithographs simple repeat this process with multiple stones, each dedicated to a different color.


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born on Nov. 24, 1864, in Albi, France. He was an aristocrat, the son and heir of Comte Alphonse-Charles de Toulouse. Henri's father was rich, handsome, and eccentric. His mother was overly devoted to her only living child. Henri was weak and often sick. At 12 young Toulouse-Lautrec broke his left leg and at 14 his right leg. The bones failed to heal properly, and his legs stopped growing. He reached young adulthood with a body trunk of normal size but with abnormally short legs. Deprived of the kind of life that a normal body would have permitted, Toulouse-Lautrec lived wholly for his art. He stayed in the Montmartre section of Paris, the center of the cabaret entertainment and bohemian life that he loved to paint. Circuses, dance halls and nightclubs, racetracks–all these spectacles were set down on canvas or made into lithographs. He would sit at a crowded nightclub table, laughing and drinking, and at the same time he would make swift sketches. The next morning in his studio he would expand the sketches into bright-colored paintings. He became an important post-Impressionist painter and recorded the bohemian lifestyle of Paris at the end of the 19th century. Despite his short life, Lautrec managed to produce some 737 canvases, 275 watercolors, 368 prints and posters and 5,084 drawings. His works provide an amazing document for the years 1880 to 1900. He died from the complications of alcoholism at the age of 36. After his death, his mother contributed funds for a museum to be built in his birthplace to house his works.  - Biography from Wikipedia and WebMuseum Paris