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May Belfort

Artist:
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois)
Subject:
May Belfort (Irish, 1872–1929)
Date:
1895
Medium:
Lithograph printed in four colors
Dimensions:
31 1/2 x 24in. (80 x 61cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Bessie Potter Vonnoh, 1941
Accession Number:
41.12.1
Not on view
May Belfort (born May Egan) was an Irish singer who made a name for herself on the stages of Parisian nightclubs with her nonsensical songs and her ever-present black cat, seen in Lautrec's promotional poster. The artist used four separate lithographic stones and crachis, or spattered ink, to realize the deceptively simple, bold composition.
Donor: Bessie Potter Vonnoh (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1872–1955 New York)
Denver Art Museum. "Toulouse-Lautrec from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 5, 1999–July 4, 1999.

W. P 14.B.ii; Adr. 126. IV

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.



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