Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901)
Lithograph printed in four colors on wove paper
31 13/16 x 23 15/16 in. (80.8 x 60.8 cm)
Bequest of Clifford A. Furst, 1958 (58.621.17)
Divan Japonais was one of the many café-concerts in late nineteenth-century Paris frequented by Toulouse-Lautrec. His poster advertising the nightspot features two of his favorite Montmartre stars, Yvette Guilbert and Jane Avril. Here, Avril is a spectator, not a performer, as she sits in the foreground with Édouard Dujardin, a dandyish writer and nightclub habitué. In the upper left corner, on stage, is the headless body of Guilbert, recognizable by her trademark long black gloves and gaunt physique.