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Jane Avril

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

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




Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
French, 1864-1901

About this artwork

This poster was Lautrec’s last image of Avril. With her arms raised in a playful surrender, the dancer yields to an appliquéd snake, whose coils wrap around her slender black dress.
Her twisted body might seem exaggerated, but it could have been prompted by Avril’s performances. As the poet Arthur Symons recalled, “She was so thin and supple that she could turn over backward…until she brushed the floor with her shoulders.”


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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec


Jane Avril


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Color lithograph on tan wove paper


Image, incl. stray marks: 55.6 × 30.9 cm (21 15/16 × 12 3/16 in.); Sheet: 55.6 × 37.6 cm (21 15/16 × 14 13/16 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Carter H. Harrison Collection

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