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Divan Japonais

A work made of color lithograph on cream wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of color lithograph on cream wove paper.




Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
French, 1864-1901

About this artwork

The dancer Jane Avril was one of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s closest friends and favorite subjects. Here, though, she is depicted as a spectator, carefully observing the performance of her rival, Yvette Guilbert, at the Divan Japonais club. Montmartre’s nightclub owners lured in potential customers with the notoriety of their (often female) performers, who were typically expected to entertain their audiences both on and off the stage. Avril’s striking black dress and hat stand in stark contrast to the vivid colors and ruffled petticoats she wore while dancing. Even as an audience member, however, she remains on display both to her male companion and to viewers of the poster.


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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec


Divan Japonais


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Color lithograph on cream wove paper


Image: 80.1 × 60.1 cm (31 9/16 × 23 11/16 in.); Sheet: 80.2 × 61.8 cm (31 5/8 × 24 3/8 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Carter H. Harrison Collection

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