Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois)
Lithograph printed in five colors; machine wove paper
Sheet: 50 13/16 x 36 13/16 in. (129.1 x 93.5 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1932
Not on view
Lautrec’s graphic posters—for performers, like Jane Avril, or dance halls, like the Moulin Rouge—embody the ebullient, frenetic spirit of the nightlife in fin-de-siècle Paris. Avril, a lifelong friend of the artist, commissioned this print to advertise her cabaret show at the Jardin de Paris in 1893. Lautrec’s bold composition is characterized by a radically skewed perspective, severe cropping, flattened forms, and sinuous lines—such as those describing Avril’s frilly costume. The “cancan” kick of Avril’s leg, one of her signature dance moves, finds a formal echo in the vertical thrust of the double-bass, gripped by an unseen musician. To create this print, Lautrec used several lithographic stones, one for each color—inky black, acidic orange, yellow, and green.
Denver Art Museum. "Toulouse-Lautrec from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 5, 1999–July 4, 1999.
State Hermitage Museum. "Dance. Homage to Diaghilev," October 15, 2009–December 15, 2009.
W.P6B; Adr. II.I Toulouse-Lautrec, 1996
Colta Ives Toulouse-Lautrec in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, July 2-September 29, 1996. New York, 1996, pp. 17, 62, ill. p. 6, fig. 1.
Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois)Date: 1893Medium: Lithograph printed in six colors on folded wove paper; only stateAccession: 22.82.1-1On view in:Not on view