May Belfort

Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois)

Subject: May Belfort (Irish, 1872–1929)

Date: 1895

Medium: Lithograph printed in four colors

Dimensions: 31 1/2 x 24in. (80 x 61cm)

Classifications: Prints, Posters

Credit Line: Gift of Bessie Potter Vonnoh, 1941

Accession Number: 41.12.1


May Belfort (born May Egan) was an Irish singer who made a name for herself on the stages of Parisian nightclubs with her nonsensical songs and her ever-present black cat, seen in Lautrec's promotional poster. The artist used four separate lithographic stones and crachis, or spattered ink, to realize the deceptively simple, bold composition.