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Confetti

Henri d. Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901) Bella & de Malherbe, Printer


In this joyful poster for confetti, Toulouse-Lautrec ingeniously uses his spatter technique to suggest the product.  This new brand replaced plaster confetti, which was outlawed in Paris in 1892 after injuring several people during the Mardi Gras celebration.

The Bella brothers in London were not only leading paper manufacturers, but also supporters of the new art of the poster.  Their Toulouse-Lautrec poster graced the cover of the catalogue they prepared for England's first poster exhibition in 1895.

Marie Harriman Gallery, N.Y.; Margaret Camp, N.Y. (acquired about 1938); Phillipa Hughes, Indianapolis (niece, by descent)

Object Information

artist
Henri d. Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901)
printer
Bella & de Malherbe
creation date
1894
materials
color lithograph
dimensions
22 3/8 x 15 1/2 in. (image and sheet)
accession number
2004.163
credit line
Gift of Phillipa Hughes
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs