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Circa 1896

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)

Graphite and black chalk on laid paper

Width: 71.4 cm (frame); Height: 53.6 cm (frame); Depth: 2.4 cm (frame); Height: 30.9 cm; Width: 47.9 cm;

Verso, Mr [illegible name] 55 + 38
Inscription, inscribed, signed, recto & lower left:
the initials in monogram H T-Lautrec

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Courtauld, Samuel; bequest; 1948

About this work
Submerged in crumpled sheets, a woman lies in bed, barely awake. Only her face and stockinged feet are visible among the bedclothes. Lautrec likely drew the model, almost certainly a prostitute, from life. The swift, dashing lines around her legs indicate that he changed his mind about the pose. The slant of the model’s gaze shows a clear awareness of the artist’s presence and underscores the air of familiarity, even sympathy, with which Lautrec depicted society’s outsiders. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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