Crayon, brush and spatter lithograph with scraper. Printed in five colors. Edition of 100. Key stone printed in olive-green, color stones in red or brown-red, yellow, grey-beige, and black olive-green or black. Printed by Ancourt.
For Lautrec the theatre was to be found in the boxes as much as on the stage. One of his best-known inventions (The Box with the Gilded Mask) was a programme for Marcel Luguet’s play Le Missionaire (The Missionary), which had its premiere at the Theatre Libre on 24 April 1894. With its economical use of colour, this is one of Lautrec’s greatest achievements in the field of small-scale colour lithography. Printed by Ancourt, Paris, the bold composition was prepared with the sketch Dortu P.471, of almost identical size; Above left we see the profile of the English illustrator Charles Edward Conder (1868—1909), who had met Lautrec at the Moulin Rouge.
Exceptionally fine condition. The red strong and vibrant.