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Turning the Pages: Henri de Toulouse Lautrec (French, 1864-1901), Sketchbook, 1880
An untiring chronicler of the Parisian underworld, Henri de Toulouse Lautrec drew prolifically throughout his career, and with great skill from the outset. In fact, he completed his Art Institute Sketchbook around the early age of fifteen. It contains numerous views of fashionable horses and riders in motion, possibly reflecting the interests of his first teacher, an equestrian and military painter. Several sheets evoke circus acts, a topic that remained interesting to Lautrec throughout his life. Others focus on hunting and hunting dogs, including a curious list at the very end translating Russian dog names into French.
French, Russian, sketchbooks