de toulouse lautrec

Rousse dit aussi La Toilette (1889). Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901). Oil on cardboard. Musée d'Orsay.

The woman fills the centre of the composition and is shown close up, offering the spectator a view of a sculptural back. The wicker chairs around her suggest that the scene took place in the artist’s studio, rue Caulaincourt. The neglect of the academic pose, the accelerated perspective, the framing of the scene, and the high viewpoint bring to mind works by Degas whom Lautrec deeply admired.

One of the best-known painters of the Post-Impressionist period, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, was born on this day in 1864. This 1891 oil painting is on display in Gallery 65, alongside works by Pissarro, Manet, Degas, van Gogh and Monet. Despite being painted in oil, the absorbent card gives the surface a dry, pastel-like appearance