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May Belfort

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

Date:

1895

Artist:

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
French, 1864-1901

About this artwork

The scarlet dress of May Belfort splashes color onto this otherwise minimal composition. Clad in her signature oversized baby bonnet, the Irish actress clutches a black cat; Belfort often brought her cat to her performances and tended to “meow” her songs. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec intended for this poster to be hung, as it is in this gallery, next to his design for May Milton, an English performer who was Belfort’s close friend and rumored lover.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Title

May Belfort

Origin

France

Date

1895

Medium

Color lithograph on tan wove paper

Dimensions

798 × 600 mm (image); 798 × 614 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Carter H. Harrison Collection

Reference Number

1949.1007

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