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Here is the story behind some of Toulouse-Lautrec's posters. The prices given are at an online poster store called AllPosters. We recommend them highly. They offer more than 30 Toulouse-Lautrec posters & art prints. They're sold at very reasonable prices and any one of them can be framed or mounted.

By the way, AllPosters also has the poster from the Hollywood movie. A DVD or VHS copy of the movie itself can be purchased at Amazon. For a variety of art and history books about Lautrec and the Moulin Rouge, see our books page.

Jane Avril - 1893 poster
Jane Avril - 1893

23 in. x 29 in., $14.40

This poster was commissioned to advertise Jane Avril's debut at the Jardin de Paris, a club on the Champs-Elysses. Click for a larger image or poster ordering information.

Jane Avril Dancing poster
Jane Avril Dancing

23 in. x 29 in., $14.40

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Jane Avril 1899 poster
Jane Avril - 1899

28 in. x 40 in., $26.99

This poster is significant as an example of Toulouse-Lautrec's evolving style, especially when compared to earlier paintings of Jane Avril.

The snake wrapped around her is likely an invention of Lautrec's, rather than a costume that Avril actually wore. Its twisting shape is indicative of the Art Noveau style — which accentuated fluid lines and curves — that was then replacing Japonisme as the dominant artistic trend.

Avril's manager rejected the poster because he didn't like the snake.

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Le Divan Japonais poster
Le Divan Japonais

36 in. x 26 in., $22.50

This 1893 poster advertised the Asian-style Montmartre club, Le Divan Japonais. Lautrec portrays three of his friends: Jane Avril, the critic Edouard Dujardin, and Yvette Guilbert, the famous singer and comedienne, recognizable by her long black gloves.

For some interesting artistic interpretations of the poster, click here.

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Moulin Rouge - La Goulue poster
Moulin Rouge - La Goulue

22 in. x 28 in., $9.99

This poster advertises Moulin Rouge and features images of La Goulue and her partner Valentin le Desosse. La Goulue's provocative kicks and Valentin's rubbery arms and thin frame are clearly conveyed.

"Bal Tous Les Soirs" translates as "Ball Every Evening."

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Moulin Rouge - La Goulue poster
Moulin Rouge - La Goulue

(A dramatically larger version of the same poster)
58 in. x 36 in., $53.99

Since Lautrec was operating in the poster format, much of his artwork could be reused with different texts at different times. This version of the La Goulue poster advertises masked balls ("Bal Masque") on Wednesdays and Saturdays ("les Mercredis et Samedis").

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Aristide Bruant Ambassadeurs poster
Ambassadeurs
24 in. x 36 in., $12.99

This famous 1892 poster advertises Aristide Bruant's debut at the Ambassadeurs, a much more upscale venue than his own club, Le Mirliton.

The manager of the Ambassadeurs hated the poster, and Bruant had to threaten to cancel his engagement unless it was used. The manager conceded, but Lautrec never did receive his fee.

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El Dorado poster
El Dorado

26 in. x 36 in., $22.50

After his successful appearance at the Ambassadeurs, Bruant had Lautrec make this poster to advertise his appearance at a similar club, El Dorado. A master promoter, Bruant recognized the utility of a brand, and had Lautrec simply retrace the already famous portrait from the first poster, and simply reverse it. Click for a larger image or poster ordering information.

Aristide Bruant Dans Son Cabaret poster
Aristide Bruant Dans Son Cabaret

20 in. x 28 in., $23.50

This is Lautrec's third poster design for Bruant. It was commissioned by the singer himself and, in keeping with Bruant's desire to establish his image in people's minds, was designed with the upper left corner blank so it could be reused for different engagements. It was issued in four editions, advertising performances at the Theatre Royal, the Alcazar Lyrique, and his return to Montmartre. Click for a larger image or poster ordering information.

Portrait of Honorine P poster
Portrait of Honorine P

15 in. x 22 in., $23.40

Although less famous now than his posters, Lautrec painted hundreds of portraits. This is our favorite. Click for a larger image or poster ordering information.

Friends poster
Friends

28 in. x 20 in., $17.99

The two women beautifully illustrated here may be more than "friends." Apparently, Lautrec had an interest in painting lesbians at the time this was done. Click for a larger image or poster ordering information.

Lady Clown Cha-U-Kao poster
Lady Clown Cha-U-Kao

23 in. x 29 in., $14.40

Virtually nothing is known about this woman, except that she was a dancer at the Moulin Rouge and apparently often dressed in this yellow clown outfit.

The girl seems to have caught Lautrec's eye because he painted four pictures of her around 1895, one of which shows her in the arm of a female companion. Click for a larger image or poster ordering information.

Dancer Seated poster
Dancer Seated

16 in. x 20 in., $16.20

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