FEMME ASSISE DE DOS, AU THÉÂTRE
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
ALBI 1864 - 1901 MALROMé
FEMME ASSISE DE DOS, AU THÉÂTRE
1895
CRAYON ON PAPER
ARTIST SEAL ON LOWER LEFT
14.5 X 23 CM
PROVENANCE

CHARLES VIGNIER, PARIS 


PRIVATE COLLECTION, SWITZERLAND

LITERATURE

M. G. DORTU, TOULOUSE-LAUTREC ET SON OEUVRE, VL. VI, NEW YORK 1971, P. 692, D.0.046, P. 693.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, a Post-Impressionist painter and graphic artist of the late nineteenth century, was born the son of aristocratic parents in Albi, France in 1864. Already as a child he executed drawings that bore witness to his artistic talents. In 1882, at the young age of eighteen, he began studying art in the studio of Léon Bonnat in Paris. It was in this period that he established friendships with Emile Bernard and Vincent van Gogh. During his student years, the Parisian district of Montmartre became Toulouse-Lautrec’s new home. The guests and employees of the bars and nightclubs, but also the circus, were among his favourite motifs. The woman seen here from the back sitting in a theatre seat has been depicted sketchily. With gentle but nonetheless energetic lines, the artist has endowed her with a certain dignity. The high collar and half pinned-up hair arouse the viewer’s wish to look this lady theatre-goer in the face. Executed reductively but with the utmost precision, the drawing gives the beholder the feeling of sitting directly behind its subject. Alongside the artist’s often vividly colourful and sometimes intoxicatingly dynamic works, it radiates an unobtrusive beauty and an air of calmness and tranquillity.