About this artwork
This work, set at a circus, captures the tense moment in which a female trick rider prepares to stand up on her horse and leap through a paper hoop held by a clown. The horse gathers speed, spurred on by the whip of famous ringmaster Monsieur Loyal. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec may have based the garishly made-up rider, dressed in a tutu of gauze and sequins, on Suzanne Valadon, a former circus performer, model, and artist with whom he had a nearly three-year relationship. The rider seems to snarl at Monsieur Loyal, who glares back at her. Toulouse-Lautrec’s setting is the same circus in Montmartre depicted in Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s portrait of the Wartenberg sisters.
- Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
- Equestrienne (At the Cirque Fernando)
- Oil on canvas
- Inscribed lower left: HT Lautrec
- 39 1/2 × 63 1/2 in. (100.3 × 161.3 cm)
- Joseph Winterbotham Collection