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Woman Smoking a Cigarette

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

European Art

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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.
MEDIUM Oil paint, opaque watercolor, and graphite over charcoal on commercial paper board
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1890
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    SIGNATURE Signed and dated upper right "HTLautrec/90" (HTL interlaced)
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Museum Surplus Fund and purchased with funds given by Dikran G. Kelekian
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION 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)
    IMAGE overall, 22.67_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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