Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Jane Avril

Artist:
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois)
Sitter:
Jane Avril
Date:
1893
Medium:
Lithograph printed in five colors; machine wove paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 50 13/16 x 36 13/16 in. (129.1 x 93.5 cm)
Classifications:
Prints, Posters
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1932
Accession Number:
32.88.15
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.



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