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Marcel Salinas and Toulouse Lautrec Lithographs

© 1992-2023 – Editions des Légendes

© 1992-2023 – Editions des Légendes

         In 1969 the renowned painter and “Grand Master” lithographer, Marcel Salinas, was asked by Pablo Picasso to collaborate with him on the series of the 29 fanciful “Portraits Imaginaires”. 


         In 1971 Salinas created 3 sold out lithograph editions chosen from the collections of the Toulouse Lautrec Museum in Albi, France bearing the stamp of the “Société des Amis de Toulouse Lautrec.” 


      It is no wonder that in 1992, the venerable 91-year-old Count of Toulouse Lautrec, heir of the artist and head of the noble dynasty, insisted that the creation of 2 new lithograph editions could not proceed without the involvement of Marcel Salinas.


         The Count selected the two paintings from renown museum collections:

"At The Moulin Rouge, The Dance”

from the McIlhenny Collection at the 

Philadelphia Museum of Art


“The Clownesse Cha-U-Kao”

from the Oskar Reinhart Collection

Winterthur, Switzerland

           Salinas began the arduous and precise tasks of hand drawing a separate drawing for each color,  only that color for each color.  He would print multiple drawings, one on top of the other creating a fluid, shimmering, translucent, symphony of details and colors.  Each edition required over 14 drawings.

Marcel Salinas and the Count de Toulouse Lautrec in Paris 1992

© 1992-2023 – Editions des Légendes

Marcel Salinas and Count Raymond de Toulouse Lautrec in Paris

© 1992-2023 – Editions des Légendes

Karen LeShufy and Count Raymond de Toulouse Lautrec in Paris

          In 1992 there was a wonderful confluence events in the art world.  After years of planning, negotiating loans with international museums and private collectors, the major retrospective of Toulouse Lautrec was to open at the legendary Parisian exhibition hall, the Grand Palais.

          Included amongst the paintings of this long awaited exhibition were:

 “At The Moulin Rouge:  The Dance”  


“The Clownesse,  Cha-U-Kao”.


         Salinas was working on these lithographs at the Arts-Litho atelier.  In the evening Salinas would roll up that day’s trial proofs and hurry to the Grand Palais.


         After the exhibit closed, accompanied by the security personnel, he stood before the painting, unrolled that day’s trial proofs to study and compare with the original painting noting any subtle changes to be made. 


         After 8 months of meticulous of work on each of the hand colored drawings, Salinas felt the editions were ready to be printed.


         The Count of Toulouse Lautrec inspected the final trial proofs. He was enthralled and pronounced an enthusiastic “Bon-A-Tirer” (Good to Print).


         Once both these limited editions were printed, the Count, Heir and the Head of the Noble family of Toulouse Lautrec, proudly signed each proof:  "Cte de Toulouse Lautrec" (Count of Toulouse Lautrec). 


         Each numbered proof also bears the embossed logo of the publisher: Editions des Légendes.


         As with Picasso’s "Portraits Imaginaires" and the Toulouse Lautrec Museum in Albi, Salinas’ unique talents as a great painter and master lithographer brought these to editions to life.

Count of Toulouse Lautrec Proofs Dedicated to Marcel Salinas

          To express his gratitude towards how Salinas captured the beauty and vivacity of Toulouse Lautrec's paintings, the Count dedicated a proof of each edition to him.
At The Moulin Rouge,  The Dance
Dedication from the Count of Toulouse Lautrec, "for Mr. Marcel Salinas, in recognition of the fervent admiration he has always shown towards Toutouse Lautrec, to our new and growing friendship." Count de Toulouse Lautrec

Pour Monsieur Marcel Salinas

en souvenir de la fervente admiration qu’il a toujours temoigné

à Toulouse Lautrec

d’un amitié spontaneé et naissante


Cte* de Toulouse Lautrec

English Translation:                                                 

For Mr. Marcel Salinas

in recognition of the fervent admiration he has always shown towards

 Toulouse Lautrec

to our new and growing friendship


 Cte*  de Toulouse Lautrec

* Count of Toulouse Lautrec

The Clownesse Cha-U-Kao

Dedication by the Count of Toulouse Lautrec "for Mr. Marcel Salinas, the half smile of Cha-U-Kao  will remind us of our friendship. - Count of Toulouse Lautrec

pour Monsieur Marcel Salinas

le demi sourire de Cha - U - Kao

en souvenir amical

Cte * de Toulouse Lautrec

English Translation

for Mister Marcel Salinas

the half smile of Cha - U - Kao

will remind us of our friendship

Cte * de Toulouse Lautrec

*  Count of Toulouse Lautrec

Insider Notes


         Henri de Toulouse Lautrec (1864 - 1901) was the son of Comte Alphonse Charles Antoine de Toulouse Lautrec-Montfa and Comtesse Adèle Tapié de Céleyran.  His parents were first cousins. 


         Had the artist survived his father, he would have inherited the title and become the Count of Toulouse Lautrec. Upon his father's death in 1913,  the title passed to the artist's uncle Odon, the father of  Raymond, Count de Toulouse Lautrec (1900 - 2004).

        When Raymond was born in 1900, his cousin, Henri was enthusiastically pursuing Paris' round the clock banquet of revelries and pleasures. 


         With his artist's eye and amazing dexterity, Henri captured the vibrant night life in Montmartre's clubs and hideaways. Arising late the next day, he would tuck his sketchpad and pencils under his arm and set off for the excitement of the racecourse.

At the Moulin Rouge,  The Dance:


 The Count, Raymond, recognized the man in the striped pants walking off on the left. He was the artist’s first cousin and boisterous drinking companion: Gabriel Tapié de Céleyran.

      When he was growing up, the Count recalled “Uncle Gab” regaling him with many stories of how he and cousin Henri, spent wild evenings carousing in the Montmartre nightclubs and entertainment spots with music, drinks, dancing and more.  

The Clownesse  Cha-U-Kao:

      The Clownesse was in her glory  She was "Center Stage", a "Star" at the lively, popular nightclub the "Moulin Rouge" .

      Salinas and the Count thought that in showing the prominence of the old woman in hat walking behind the Clownesse, the artist was giving us a premonition of the elderly Clownesse.

        Cha-U-Kao was a raucous dance like the Can-Can...a play on the word "chaos".

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