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Elles (portfolio cover)

Series/Portfolio:
Elles, 1896
Artist:
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois)
Date:
1896
Medium:
Crayon, brush, and spatter lithograph printed in three colors on wove paper; second state of three (frontispiece edition)
Dimensions:
Image: 20 7/16 × 15 3/4 in. (51.9 × 40 cm) Sheet: 20 7/16 × 15 3/4 in. (51.9 × 40 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982
Accession Number:
1984.1203.166(2)
Not on view
Elles, a series of ten lithographs devoted to the theme of prostitutes, was based on Lautrec's observations of daily life inside a Parisian brothel where he resided briefly in 1894. The prints are highly original in their representation of mundane aspects of the prostitutes' existence, particularly moments of intimacy and friendship. In this image, a prostitute loosens her hair in preparation for an unseen male client, whose doffed top hat rests on the clotheshorse in the foreground (the prostitute's frilly blue hat is on the bed at left). The decorative, curving silhouette of the woman's blue robe, echoed by the swoop of her orange hair, suggests the influence of Art Nouveau.
Inscription: Lower right: Série no 32 GP (Lugt 1194)

Marking: At lower right: publisher's monogram in purple ink (Lugt 1190)
Scofield Thayer (American, Worcester, Massachusetts 1889–1982 Providence, Rhode Island); Donor: Scofield Thayer (American, Worcester, Massachusetts 1889–1982 Providence, Rhode Island)
Denver Art Museum. "Toulouse-Lautrec from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 5, 1999–July 4, 1999.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 11, 2010–April 11, 2010.

Delteil 179; Adhémar 200; Wittrock 155; Adriani 171
Loys Delteil Le Peintre-Graveur Illustré: H. de Toulouse-Lautrec. 10 and 11, Paris, 1920, cat. no. 179.

Jean Adhémar Toulouse-Lautrec: His Complete Lithographs and Drypoints. New York, 1965, cat. no. 200.

Wolfgang Wittrock Toulouse-Lautrec: The Complete Prints. London, 1985, cat. no. 155.

Götz Adriani, Royal Academy of Arts Toulouse-Lautrec, The Complete Graphic Works: A Catalogue Raisonné. Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1988, cat. no. 171.

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, 68.



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