Albert (René) Grenier (1858–1925)

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 817

Grenier and Lautrec were fellow students in the Paris atelier of academic history painter Fernand Cormon during the 1880s and became fast friends: Lautrec even lived briefly with Grenier and his wife, Lili, an actress and model, and made several portrayals of the couple. An inscription on the verso of this portrait indicates that it was painted in Lautrec’s Montmartre studio in the rue Caulaincourt in 1887. He employed thin, watercolor-like washes of pigment, laid over a fine pencil underdrawing, to produce a sensitive character study of his comrade.

Albert (René) Grenier (1858–1925), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois), Oil on wood

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