Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Mademoiselle Nys

Artist:
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois)
Date:
1899
Medium:
Oil on unprimed wood
Dimensions:
10 5/8 x 8 5/8 in. (27 x 21.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection, Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, 1973
Accession Number:
1974.356.36
Not on view
Little is known about this plucky woman wearing a dramatic, wide-shouldered dress. The inscription at upper right dedicates the portrait to the Nys family, and the sitter has historically been identified as Mademoiselle Nys. She may be one of the many acquaintances who posed for Lautrec; at around the time he made this work, friends also tried to help the artist secure important portrait commissions, but society women soon fled in dismay from their sittings, after suffering insult.
Inscription: Signed, dated, and inscribed (upper right): à la famille / Nys (to the Nys family) / HTLautrec [HTL in monogram] / 1899.
[Jos Hessel, Paris]; Sacha Guitry, Paris (by 1931–at least 1939); [A. & R. Ball, New York, until 1948; sold May 14, 1948 for $7,000 to Sheafer]; Lesley and Emma Sheafer, New York (1948–his d. 1956); Emma A. Sheafer, New York (1956–d. 1973)
Paris. Galerie Paul Rosenberg. "Exposition d'œuvres de Toulouse-Lautrec," January 20–February 3, 1914, no. 25 (as "Mlle Tys" [sic]).

Paris. Galerie Manzi, Joyant. "Exposition rétrospective de l'œuvre de H. de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901)," June 15–July 11, 1914, no. 100 (as "Tête de femme [Mademoiselle Nys, 1899]").

Paris. Musée des Arts Décoratifs. "Exposition H. de Toulouse-Lautrec," April 9–May 17, 1931, no. 175 (lent by Sacha Guitry).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Toulouse-Lautrec in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," July 2–September 29, 1996, unnumbered cat. (fig. 30).

Denver Art Museum. "Toulouse-Lautrec from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," July 15–October 15, 1999, no catalogue.

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. "Jacqueline Delubac, le choix de la modernité. Rodin, Lam, Picasso, Bacon," November 7, 2014–February 16, 2015, no. 110.

Maurice Joyant. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1864–1901. Vol. 1, Peintre. Paris, 1926, p. 298, ill. p. 229.

Émile Schaub-Koch. Psychanalyse d'un peintre moderne: Henri de Toulouse Lautrec. Paris, 1935, p. 212.

Jacques Lassaigne. Toulouse-Lautrec. London, 1939, p. 167, no. 157, ill. p. 157, locates it in the Sacha Guitry collection.

Jacques Lassaigne. Lautrec. Geneva, 1953, p. 106.

M. G. Dortu. Toulouse-Lautrec et son œuvre. New York, 1971, vol. 1, p. 129, ill. p. 59 (installation photograph of Exh. Paris 1914); vol. 3, pp. 416–17, no. P.680, ill., lists Sacha Guitry in the provenance and locates it in a private collection.

G. M. Sugana in The Complete Paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec. London, 1973, p. 118, no. 496, ill., places it in the Sacha Guitry collection, Paris.

Colta Ives. Toulouse-Lautrec in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1996, pp. 30, 61, fig. 30, refers to this painting as an illustration of Lautrec's interest in expressive facial features rather than the model's clothing or surroundings.

Jacqueline Delubac, le choix de la modernité. Rodin, Lam, Picasso, Bacon. Ed. Salima Hellal. Exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. Arles, 2014, pp. 207, 219, no. 110, ill. p. 220 (color).



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