henri de toulouse lautrec divan japonais

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born today in 1864. The owner of The Divan Japonais, a cabaret in Montmartre, commissioned Toulouse-Lautrec to create this poster to attract customers to his club. Experience Belle Époque Paris through his eyes in The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters through March 22, 2015.

[Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Divan Japonais. 1893]

Divan Japonais (1892-1893). Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901). Color lithograph. Chicago: Smart Museum of Art.

Advertises a Parisian nightclub known for its pseudo-Japanese décor. The singer Jane Avril occupies the center, her orange hair contrasting boldly with the black silhouette of her body. Together, the curvilinear yellow chair, Avril’s crumpled handbag, and the beard and cane of her companion, the writer Édouard Dujardin, create a pattern of flat colored shapes.