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Aristide He in "Ambassador"

Graphics, 1893, 150×100 cm

Description of the artwork «Aristide He in "Ambassador"»

Every modern graphic designer, dreamily uttering in relation to their work "art"should mentally add:"Thank You, Lautrec". Promotional poster as a phenomenon applied appeared in Paris in 1860-ies: singer, concerts, Konkani, actors, cabaret – all this diversity of the Bohemian events of the French began to report using street posters. Bright, flashy, and Flirty. And Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was the first advertiser that transformed a poster into an art form.

Lithograph so fascinated Lautrec, the seeker of new techniques and styles, a lover of Japanese art that he spent his days could be lost in the printing, personally supervising the printing process. His night sleep is often limited to a couple hours in a wheelchair cab. Leaving early in the morning from some cabaret or restaurant where all night drinking, Henri asked the cab driver to take him around the city and to bring it to the early morning shift at the printing house where the commissioned copies of his new poster. Lautrec has created a total of 30 billboards for 10 years, but each of them today – a recognized masterpiece with fireworks artistic principles that work so far.

Aristide He was the owner of the cabaret "Mirliton" in Montmartre where Lautrec just liked to disappear at night. The he became famous very unexpected, even for him, talent. Of course, he sang songs that, no doubt, was quite popular. He was a low velvet voice and appearance of the Roman legionary, but this is not entailed in the "Mirliton" crowds of listeners every night, and the ability of He to witty and biting battle. This was unexpected and piquant – and the crowd of fashionable ladies and wealthy men came here each night to be cursed. "Attention! – He met another visitor. - Here comes the whore. But do not think that this is some kind of overlooked girl. First class product!" or "You are only fifteen people on the bench. Make room, hell, even a little bit! And you, Moony, sit down right here with your hussies!"

Respect and admiration for Lautrec and He was totally mutual, they both hated hypocrisy and all "decent", and loved each other for a sharp look and simple wording. When Aristide of He was invited to give a concert in cabaret Ambassador, he set a condition that the Billboard will be for him to draw Toulouse-Lautrec. When the owner of "Ambassador" choked with indignation, seeing the freshly printed poster, He put a condition: or this poster or nothing at all. The owner of the cabaret gave up.

Using the rigid framework of a lithographic printing method, Lautrec creates his own unique style. He boldly used a combination of large patches of colour, paradoxically built the contrast of the first and second plans, creating the prospect or bringing the scene close to the viewer, he was a brilliant draftsman, capable of using a few concise lines to convey movement and emotions. Finally, Lautrec was experimenting: he splashed paint on a lithographic stone with a brush, sprinkled the image with gold powder.

The he adored the cheerful dwarf, equally brilliantly disturbing cocktail "Earthquake" at the table of the cabaret and the paint on the palette in his Studio.

Author: Anna Sidelnikova
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Art form: Graphics

Subject and objects: Portrait, Genre scene

Style of art: Art Nouveau

Technique: Lithography

Materials: Paper

Date of creation: 1893

Size: 150×100 cm

Artwork in selections: 22 selections

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