The Streetwalker

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 823

As early as 1901 the woman in this painting was identified as a streetwalker. Her name, however, has been lost to history; only the nickname La Casque d'Or (Golden Helmet), which refers to her wig, has survived. She sits in the garden of Monsieur Forest, Lautrec's neighbor in Montmartre.

The Streetwalker, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois), Oil on cardboard

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