Woman before a Mirror

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 823

The indolent, cloistered lives of prostitutes were the subject of some of Lautrec’s most powerful works. He made about fifty paintings depicting them, as well as numerous drawings and prints, including a suite of color lithographs, Elles, which was completed the year before this painting. Lautrec does not flatter the woman’s naked figure, nor does he divulge the expression she sees in her mirror: she appears simply to be taking a stark appraisal of herself.

Woman before a Mirror, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois), Oil on cardboard

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