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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'
Dimensions: image 124.6 h x 90.8 w cm sheet 128.2 h x 92.3 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Wittrock P16
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1975
Accession No: NGA 75.254

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Cutting-edge technology is not just a characteristic of our age

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’.

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