redheads in art



He had one other preoccupation, to educate himself; he called this also, delivering himself. He had taught himself to read and write; everything that he knew, he had learned by himself. Feuilly had a generous heart.He brooded with the profound divination of the man of the people, over what we now call the idea of the nationality, had learned history with the express object of raging with full knowledge of the case. In this club of young Utopians, occupied chiefly with France, he represented the outside world.

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.