Woman Smoking a Cigarette
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Around 1890 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec produced a number of works depicting the interior, domestic spaces of working-class women in the neighborhood of Montmartre. Best known for his portrayal of sex workers and cabaret performers, Toulouse-Lautrec here chose to leave the sitter’s identity anonymous and her location unknown, although the washbasin and cigarette suggest a cheap room and a proletarian station in life. The figure comes vividly alive, however, in graphic brushstrokes and contrasting colors, with her angular face at once inscrutable and specifically rendered.
Oil paint, opaque watercolor, and graphite over charcoal on commercial paper board
18 1/2 × 11 3/4 in. (47 × 29.8 cm)
18 1/2 × 11 13/16 in. (47 × 30 cm)
frame: 27 × 20 1/4 × 2 1/2 in. (68.6 × 51.4 × 6.4 cm) (show scale)
Signed and dated upper right "HTLautrec/90" (HTL interlaced)
Museum Surplus Fund and purchased with funds given by Dikran G. Kelekian
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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Albi, France, 1864–1901, Saint-André-du-Bois, France). Woman Smoking a Cigarette, 1890. Oil paint, opaque watercolor, and graphite over charcoal on commercial paper board, 18 1/2 × 11 3/4 in. (47 × 29.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Surplus Fund and purchased with funds given by Dikran G. Kelekian, 22.67 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 22.67_SL1.jpg)
overall, 22.67_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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