In a Private Dining Room (At the Rat Mort)
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)
Oil on canvas
Height: 55.1 cm ( canvas ); Width: 46 cm ( canvas ); Height: 73.5 cm ( frame ); Width: 64.8 cm ( frame ); Depth: 8 cm ( frame );
Alternatively known as 'Têtê-à-tête Supper'
Signed, top right, recto, initials in monogram, T-Lautrec
Courtauld, Samuel; bequest; 1948
About this work
Toulouse-Lautrec was famed for his closely-observed portrayals of late nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife, from music halls to brothels. Here, a high-class prostitute, probably Lucy Jourdain, is shown in elaborate costume seated in a cabinet particulier (a private room intended for intimate liaisons) at the café-restaurant Le Rat Mort (the Dead Rat). The light from the lamp at the left casts a sickly green glow. The blurry and hallucinatory effect is deeply evocative of seedy night-time entertainment.
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