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Incidents (excerpt), by Igor and Svetlana Kopystiansky

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[Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec as Artist and Model]

Maurice Guibert (French, 1856–1913)

Person in Photograph:
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois)
Date:
ca. 1890
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 19.5 x 22.4 cm (7 11/16 x 8 13/16 in.) Sheet: 19.8 x 22.9 cm (7 13/16 x 9 in.) Frame: 41.4 x 51.6 cm (16 5/16 x 20 5/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Philadelphia Museum of Art: Gift of Henry P. Mcllhenny, 1982
  • Description

    The “duplex,” or “polypose,” picture was a popular trope that lent itself to endless comic variations and imaginative one-upmanship. The motif also appealed to artists, who occasionally created playful duplications of themselves. The French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who was also an avid amateur photographer, collaborated with his friend Maurice Guibert on this double portrait in which he plays the roles of both artist and model, each regarding the other with cool irony.

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