France 1864 – 1901
La Revue blanche
[Poster: La revue blanche] 1895
Materials & Technique:
prints, posters, planographic crayon, brush and spatter lithograph, printed in four colours
Impression: edition between 1000 and 3000
Publisher: La revue blanche
Primary Insc: signed lower left, printed from the stone in green ink, 'HTL' monogram dated lower left, printed from the stone in green ink, '95'
La revue blanche was founded in Belgium in 1889 by brothers Alfred, Alexandre and Thadée Natanson, who then moved it to Paris in 1891. As a publication it was hugely influential on the intellectual and artistic life of the city. From July 1893 to December 1894 it published a print per month by the mainly Nabi artists Edouard Vuillard, Maurice Denis, Paul Ranson, Pierre Bonnard and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, amongst others.
Both Bonnard and Toulouse-Lautrec also produced posters advertising the magazine itself. Toulouse-Lautrec’s commanding image is in fact an homage to Thadée Natanson’s polish-born wife, Misia, who was known as the ‘muse of the review’.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010