Friend of Suzanne Valadon and Painter of Nightlife : Notes on Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Nov. 24 is the birthday of a painter who borrowed techniques from Japanese artists to portray scenes of French women expanding their role in public life.

Toulouse-Lautrec, “Gueule de Bois / La Buveuse/The Hangover,” c. 1887–1889. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906, image is in public domain.
Detail of portrait of Valadon.
Degas, “L’Absinthe,” c. 1875–76. Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Wikipedia copy of image in public domain.
Degas, , “L’Absinthe,” c. 1875–76. Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Wikipedia copy of image in public domain.
Toulouse-Lautrec, Portrait of Valadon, c. 1885. Museo de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Wikipedia copy of image in the public domain.
Valadon, Self portrait, c. 1893. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Image in public domain courtesy of Wikipedia.
Maurice Guibert (1856–1913), Mr. Toulouse paints Mr. Lautrec, ca. 1891. Wikipedia copy of image in the public domain.
Toulouse-Lautrec, “Divan Japonais,” c. 1892–93. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image in public domain.
Degas, “Four Dancers,” c. 1899. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Image in public domain.
Toulouse-Lautrec, “At the Moulin Rouge,” c. 1892–95. Art Institute of Chicago. Image in public domain.
Toulouse-Lautrec, “La Goulue at the Moulin Rouge, “c. 1891–92. Museum of Modern Art. Wikipedia copy of image in the public domain.
Toulouse-Lautrec, Poster advertising the dancer called La Goulue at the Moulin Rouge, 1891. Wikipedia copy of image in public domain.
Toulouse-Lautrec, drawing of Jane Avril dancing. Wikipedia copy of image in public domain.

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