Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born in 1864 into an aristocratic family in the south of France. Despite severe physical and emotional afflictions, Lautrec became the brilliant Bohemian artist who chronicled the cabaret lifestyle of late 19th century Paris, and left an indelible mark on the Post-Impressionist period.
In 1899, Lautrec created At the Circus, 50 images of the Nouveau Cirque drawn from memory. Included in this collection are Lautrec's introspective interpretations of circus performers: acrobats, clowns, trapeze artists and circus animals. From these drawings, 39 were chosen for The Circus of Toulouse-Lautrec collection of lithographs.
There have been published
The Circus of Toulouse-Lautrec
350 copies numbered 1 to 350. In addition, 20 copies numbered from I to XX have been printed for those involved with the project.
The lithographs were entirely hand drawn by the master lithographer Mark Kniebihler. All sheets were printed on arches paper. and each plate has been numbered in pencil.
The printing of this edition was completed on November 22, 1990 at the presses of Original Artworks Ltd. of Island Park, New York.