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Prints and Drawings
Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French, 1864–1901

L’Aube (Dawn)

1896

Color lithograph

image: 61.1 × 80.7 cm (24 1/16 × 31 3/4 in.) framed: 79.4 × 97.2 × 3.2 cm (31 1/4 × 38 1/4 × 1 1/4 in.)
The Arthur Ross Collection
2012.159.156
Works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec were among the last purchases by Arthur Ross, and there are only three in the collection. Besides an oeuvre of over seven hundred paintings, in merely ten years of printmaking activity before his death at age thirty-six, Toulouse-Lautrec produced nearly 370 prints. This advertisement for the launching of the publication L’aube, a left-wing illustrated literary periodical that was published for only two years, 1896 and 1897, is rare. It is printed in two colors; the beams of light from the street lamp that illuminate the horse drawing a cart full of laundry are simply the color of the paper—areas that the artist covered while the rest of the stone was being inked.
Status: 
By appointment
Culture: 
French
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Provenance: 

William H. Schab Gallery, New York; Arthur Ross Foundation, New York, to 2012; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Suzanne Boorsch et al., Meant to Be Shared: The Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2015), 145, pl. 63.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.