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Le Jockey (The Jockey)

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Le Jockey (The Jockey), 1899, color lithograph on China paper, Museum Purchase: Ella M. Hirsch Fund, public domain, 41.10.3

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Title

Le Jockey (The Jockey)

Artist

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901)

Related People

printer: H. Stern (active 19th century)

publisher: Pierefort (active 19th century)

Date

1899

Medium

color lithograph on China paper

Edition

edition of 100

Catalogue Raisonné

Delteil 279; Adhémar 365; Adriani 345; Wittrock 308

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 20 5/16 in x 14 1/4 in; sheet: 20 5/16 in x 14 1/4 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature; date: TL / 1899, printed, lower right

Collection Area

European Art; Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

planographic print

Culture

French

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Ella M. Hirsch Fund

Accession Number

41.10.3

Copyright

public domain

Terms

Animalia

China paper

color lithography

horse

lithography

planographic printing

planographic prints

Description

The motif of rider and horse dates back to the earliest examples of Western art. In metaphorical terms, the horse and rider can be read as a mediation of the physical body (horse) and intellect (rider) working in tandem; in other cases, the horse is the bearer of Death—as seen in the lithograph by Redon in this exhibition [82.93.61]—or an emblem of freedom and unbridled spirit.

For Toulouse-Lautrec, the horse symbolized a world of sporting and adventure that was closed to him due to his physical infirmities. In this stunning lithograph, created near the end of his short life, the artist positions the viewer just behind the jockey, racing beside the other horses in full gallop.

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