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.

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

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