Codex Urbanus - Artwork N° 47


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Original drawing by Codex Urbanus on an lithograph after Toulouse Lautrec.
Size of the drawing : 47x37cm
The artwork is handsigned by Codex Urbanus.
With certificate of authenticity.

/// Codex Urbanus - Lautrec Circus ///

This is how it all started:

Codex Urbanus is an old soul that crosses the ages.
He was already there in the 19th century and shared the nights of drunkenness and celebration with Toulouse-Lautrec.
From this meeting, everything remained in his memory ....

Toulouse-Lautrec had revealed to Codex the little yokaïs he had in his head, these supernatural creatures from Japanese folklore.

120 years after his death, to pay homage to his old friend Toulouse-Lautrec, Codex has reinserted yokaïs in certain works of the Master, Codex Urbanus style!

The Codex Urbanus / Toulouse Lautrec feat is bluffing!
Of course, these two have known each other, and Codex pays a very nice tribute to Toulouse-Lautrec through funny and endearing works.


Parisian street artist.
Night after night, the pages of a weird bestiary turn on the cement walls of the City of Lights. Some impossible creatures walk, fly and crawl, like illuminated medieval images, to generate surprise and poetry in the streets of Paris, before being rapidly recovered by the cleaning services of the Paris townhalls.
Codex Urbanus created an endless range of mutant animals, aware of their extremely short life span, just like an urban vanity.
Beyond the bestiary, the art of Codex Urbanus appears on more complex walls, where ancient symbols unfold on golden backgrounds, like sacred icons. And sometimes, on paper, he makes India ink drawings and, on canvas, he makes paintings on a beige Paris anti-graffiti bottom.
Codex Urbanus does not have any artistic background, but has been drawing as soon as he knew how to hold a pen, in his school notebooks, during corporate meetings or simply doodling on whatever piece of paper he would find. It’s only when he left the harsh world of companies that he had to find a way to express himself without paper. Quickly doodling on walls like some alchemic vandal became the solution, following the example of several graffiti and street artists before him.
The art of Codex Urbanus comes in different ways and fits in the diverse and ever-changing persona of the Paris street art scene.