Le bon graveur (Adolphe Albert), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Le bon graveur (Adolphe Albert)
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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Le bon graveur (Adolphe Albert), 1898

467 x 352 mm
343 x 245 mm
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67091 D
Acquired in 1975 as a gift from Hedwig and Helmut Goedeckemeyer, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

The painter Adolphe Albert was an old friend of Toulouse-Lautrec’s from his student days. This portrait of Albert, who also made etchings, is a quotation of Rembrandt’s “Self-Portrait Drawing at a Window” of 1648. Rather than having his friend work on an etching plate, however, Toulouse-Lautrec has pictured him with a lithographic stone.

About the Acquisition

Immediately after World War I, the art connoisseur and bibliophile Helmut Goedeckemeyer (1898–1983) began amassing one of the largest collections of prints by Käthe Kollwitz. He supplemented these holdings with works of late nineteenth-century French and German printmaking, illustrated books by Max Slevogt, Alfred Kubin and others, and small-scale sculptures by such artists as Aristide Maillol. His collection ultimately encompassed more than 5,000 works. Goedeckemeyer’s close ties to the Städel Museum date back to the 1920s. From 1959 onwards, he and his wife Hedwig were members of the Städelscher Museums-Verein (Städel Museum Association). The City of Frankfurt acquired his Kollwitz collection for the Städtische Galerie (Municipal Gallery) in 1964. He made several gifts to the Städel collection of prints and drawings over the years, and in 1970 presented the museum with Honoré Daumier’s “Ratapoil” (inv. no. St.P391).

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