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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Cycle Michael, 1896

Brush lithograph in olive green on tan wove paper

<p>Lautrec was an enthusiastic fan of sporting events, emphasizing the late 19th-century French bicycling fervor in two posters (see <a href="">2015.278</a>). Both were meant to advertise a new bicycle part to a ready audience of some half-million riders. However, the artist’s subtle preliminary version seen here was rejected, and the lithograph was never produced in more than one color. Instead Lautrec personally funded an edition of 200 monochrome impressions.</p>