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This lithograph by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is an advertisement for Le Divan Japonais, one the many café-concerts that sprung up in the Montmartre quarter of Paris during the second half of the 19th century. A master of poster art, Toulouse-Lautrec developed a modern visual language based on cut-off angles, unusual perspectives, and flat areas of solid color. With posters like this, he contributed to the rise of a veritable celebrity culture surrounding Montmartre’s working-class performers, many of whom were the artist’s close friends. Cutting a bold silhouette in the center is Jane Avril, a star dancer at the Moulin Rouge, presented here as a spectator in the audience. To her right is the art critic and dandy Édouard Dujardin; in the background, Yvette Guilbert sings onstage. Although her face is cropped, she is identifiable thanks to her trademark black gloves and elongated physique.

Details

  • Title: Le Divan Japonais
  • Date Created: 1893
  • Type: Prints
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/4056058/
  • Medium: Color lithograph on paper
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Leon A. Harris, Jr.
  • Artist Nationality: French
  • Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

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