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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.

Date:

1893

Artist:

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.

On View

Prints and Drawings, Gallery 243

Artist

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Title

Divan Japonais

Origin

France

Date

1893

Medium

Color lithograph on cream wove paper

Dimensions

801 × 601 mm (image); 802 × 618 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Carter H. Harrison Collection

Reference Number

1949.1002

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