Madame Thadée Natanson (Misia Godebska, 1872–1950) at the Theater

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 816

Lautrec made this study for the cover of the final issue of L'Estampe Originale (1893–95), a quarterly album of original prints by young French artists. Fittingly, it shows stagehands bringing down the curtain on a performance. In the middle, a plaster elephant stands guard atop a cartouche for the table of contents. Seated at left is Misia Natanson, the glamorous patroness of poets Paul Verlaine and Stéphane Mallarmé, and of artists including Lautrec, Bonnard, and Vuillard. Now restored, this work was once sliced into two pieces and framed so as to reveal only Misia in her loge.

Madame Thadée Natanson (Misia Godebska, 1872–1950) at the Theater, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois), Oil on cardboard

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