Detail View

Seated Clown
Date: 1896
Dimensions: image flush: 20 5/8 x 15 3/4 in. (52.4 x 40 cm) frame: 34 x 27 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (86.4 x 70.5 x 3.8 cm)
Medium: lithograph
Credit Line: Bequest of Genevieve U. Gilmore
Label Text: "Paris was the epicenter of progressive printmaking in the 1890s and no process was more revolutionary than color lithography. Toulouse-Lautrec was among the first artists to embrace its potential as a fine art medium and remains to this day one of its most outstanding practitioners. This print is from a milestone publication in the history of the medium, a portfolio of ten color lithographs called Elles. The subject of the portfolio is the daily life of prostitutes in a brothel. Toulouse-Lautrec was commissioned by a major publisher to produce this work but given broad latitude about the exact manner in which to interpret the topic. Subject aside, Seated Clown is a beautiful representation of the artist’s sophisticated skills with crayon, brush, and a splatter technique which he enjoyed and perfected (written by Nancy Sojka for Passion on Paper: Masterly Prints from the KIA Collection, 2018)."
Object Number: 1989/90.30
Currently not on view