About La Vache Enragée poster and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) is to this day one of France’s most celebrated Post-Impresionist painters and master of the french affiche.
La vache Vache Enragée (the enraged bull) was created by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec for the journal La Vache enragée in 1896. This wonderful lively artwork was created to promote the ‘Promenade de la Vache enragée’, a carnival procession through Montmarte, Paris held in 1896 & 1897. The carnival was organised by the artists of Montmartre during the famed Carnival de Paris as part of the “Promenade du boef gras (fat cow carnival)”.
This lively poster which depicts a man being chased down the street by an angry bull, whilst holding his umbrella has been widely exhibited including at The Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam