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Jane Avril

Public Domain

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Public Domain

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Public Domain

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

French, 1864-1901

Jane Avril, 1893

lithograph poster printed in five colors

sheet: 50 5/8 x 36 7/8 inches (128.59 x 93.66 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of A. Conger Goodyear, 1949

P1949:40.61A

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Inscriptions

signature, dated / front, lower center (on plate) / HT Lautrec '93

Provenance

Until 1949, A. Conger Goodyear;
gifted by Goodyear to the Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, September 16, 1949

Class

Prints

Work Type

Lithograph

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's lifelong friendship with dancer Jane Avril (French, 1868–1943) is perhaps most famously represented in his series of graphic works featuring the performer. In 1893, she commissioned this poster to advertise her cabaret show at the Jardin de Paris, one of many café and concert halls on the Champs-Élysées. The composition, executed from a unique perspective with large areas of flat color, displays qualities borrowed from ukiyo-e—a type of Japanese woodblock printmaking that greatly influenced Toulouse-Lautrec’s style. In this image, Avril’s dispirited expression is contrasted with the suggestive nature of her performance, thereby suggesting that the artist was perceptive of not just Avril’s bodily gestures but also emotions.

Label from Monet and the Impressionist Revolution, 1860–1910, November 15, 2015–March 20, 2016

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